Target: United States Congress
Goal: Reverse sequester cuts on chemotherapy treatment
In Congress’s attempt at cutting the federal budget, Medicare payment for some chemotherapy treatments has been cut. This has forced some doctors to turn away patients because they simply can’t afford to treat them. Congress needs to pass new legislation which reverses the cut on such treatment.
Medicare chemotherapy reimbursement was cut by two percent after Congress failed to pass a budget. Oncologists generally get reimbursed with the cost of treatment, plus six percent for storage and administration. Because the cost of treatment did not change, many oncologists are forced to turn away patients because they cannot cover the additional costs. A survey from the Community Oncology Alliance shows 49% of oncologists have had to turn away Medicare patients, with many more planning to do the same or laying off employees.
This means that doctors now have to only treat certain groups of people, leaving the disadvantaged even more disadvantaged. If a doctor does not have a hospital willing to work with them, or a hospital is not nearby, their patients are left with little to no options. This defeats the purpose of Medicare altogether, and must be addressed.
By signing the petition below, you will help convince Congress to create new legislation that will undo this cut. By reducing the reimbursement for chemotherapy treatment, Congress has effectively deemed proper treatment a luxury reserved for those who can afford it; this must be changed.
Dear members of the U.S. Congress,
The cutting back of chemotherapy treatment reimbursement by two percent has made it impossible for many doctors to treat patients with Medicare. If a hospital is not willing to partner with said doctors, or if there is no hospital nearby, then those doctor’s patients will be even more disadvantaged. This cut on chemotherapy reimbursement must be reversed.
According to a recent survey from the Community Oncology Alliance, 49% of oncologists have had to turn away patients because they simply cannot afford to treat them. On top of that, more have said they are planning on doing so, and 21% have already had to lay off workers to make up for their losses. By cutting Medicare reimbursement for chemotherapy treatment, you have effectively deemed proper treatment as an option only for those who can afford it. This defeats the entire purpose of Medicare.
Please take action to introduce new legislation to overturn this cut as soon as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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