More than 10 employees for this group have lost their jobs. More layoffs loom. More than half of cardiology patients are on Medicare, but some specialists may stop accepting new Medicare patients.To think that cuts of this magnitude won't impact the quality of seniors' cardiovascular care in communities across the country is magical thinking.
“At some point, doctors are going to tell their Medicare patients ‘you know, I really can’t afford to keep taking care of you,’” Rabinowitz predicted.
His practice is handing out a letter about its concerns to patients, using them to contact their Washington representatives, calling for action to sop what they consider devastating cuts.
Rabinowitz predicts patient waits for visits will be longer and the visits themselves much shorter as doctors try to fit in more patients to make up for lost income. At the heart of the matter is an uncertain future for private cardiologists.
“It’s not really my choice,” Rabinowitz said. “It’s not my preference to start practicing like that. But I’m being forced to practice like that because otherwise, I’ll be out of business and I won’t be practicing at all.”