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From time to time on Neurosurgery Blog, you will see us cross-posting or linking to items from other places that may be of interest to our readers. Today’s post originally appeared on on Nov. 1, titled “Why is it hard for grandma to see her doctor?” In the op-ed, Richard Menger, MD, MPA, assistant professor of neurosurgery and political science at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., discusses how steep Medicare physician payment cuts scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, are not a good prescription for a healthy physician workforce.

The average physician will receive 8.5% less for providing the same services they did last year. While adjusting for inflation, Medicare payments to physicians have declined 22% from 2001-2021. According to Dr. Menger, “The people most impacted by these cuts will be our Medicare patients. In the backdrop of inflation, practices will not be able to sustain themselves by treating Medicare patients.” Dr. Menger concludes by stating that this puts seniors at risk for reduced access to care.

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