"The Baucus plan would seek a continued focus on the high value of primary care-related services, with corresponding reductions in relative values for overvalued services."
"To avoid cost inflation, this proposal should be made budget-neutral. Budget-neutral changes to Medicare payments mean that any increase to primary care providers requires a corresponding cut to specialist services. This approach has the potential to create significant controversy among physicians, however. Any reforms along these lines must be crafted in collaboration with the entire physician community and other practitioners to ensure appropriate valuation of, and access to, primary care services."
Any appreciation for one's skill level and years of experience: overvalued.
Requiring five additional years of subspeciality training: overvalued.
Being paid well below what generalists were making during those five additional years of training: overvalued.
Requiring two more recertifications every 10 years and the expenses incurred for continuing medical education credits to permit sitting for those boards: overvalued.
Performing truly curative procedures, rather than palliating them with medications for a person's lifetime: overvalued.
Being paid the same for a four to five hour case as a two-hour case: overvalued.
Focusing on the already-failed experiments of PQRI and "wellness" and "preventative" initiatives that have bloated our bureaucracy and failed to have any positive return on investment: undervalued, so please, let's do more.
Yeah, I see where this is going...
P.S.: Could someone explain to me why the good Senator's white paper sounded so much like the one from these guys?