By Roberto Hugo González
In a press release provided to Mega Doctor News, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) voiced its significant frustration and concern regarding Congress’ inaction on a 3.37% cut to Medicare physician payments, effective from January 1st. Dr. Rick W. Snyder II, President of TMA, expressed the disappointment felt by physicians across Texas due to Congress’ failure to address this issue in the resolution averting a government shutdown.
Dr. Snyder highlighted the detrimental effects of this decision, noting the financial strain it imposes on physicians nationwide. This strain is attributed to the most recent in a series of payment reductions over more than two decades. The impact on Medicare patients’ access to healthcare is critical, as rising costs and flawed payment policies are challenging the sustainability of medical practices.
Emphasizing the shortsightedness of Congress’ inaction, Dr. Snyder warned that these poor payment policies could lead to higher overall healthcare costs, as doctors may be forced out of the system. This could leave patients with no other option than to seek care in more expensive settings.
Dr. Snyder reaffirmed TMA’s dedication to advocating against these harmful cuts and called for urgent Congressional action to resolve this issue that has persisted for decades. The Texas Medical Association, established in 1853 and representing over 57,000 physicians and medical students, is the nation’s largest state medical society. Headquartered in Austin, TMA’s primary mission is to improve the health of all Texans.