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The American College of Radiology Urges Congress to Avoid Making More Cuts to Medicare Funding of Imaging Scans


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WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET-"SUPER-COMMITTEE" LOOKING AT THE SEVENTH ROUND OF CUTS, IN SIX YEARS, FOR MEDICARE-FUNDING OF IMAGING-SCANS, AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY CHAIRMAN, DOCTOR JOHN PATTI, SAYS THAT MORE CUTS WOULD BE DEVASTATING FOR PATIENTS...

(PATTI):
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CONGRESS HAS SLASHED MEDICAL-IMAGING [BY] OVER FIVE-BILLION DOLLARS, SINCE 2006.  IF MORE CUTS ARE MADE, MORE RADIOLOGY-CENTERS WILL CLOSE; IMAGING WILL [THEN] CONTRACT TO THE LARGE-HOSPITAL SETTING--FORCING SENIORS TO [BOTH] COMMUTE FARTHER, AND WAIT LONGER, [IN ORDER] TO GET CARE.  SINCE IMAGING COSTS [BOTH] MEDICARE AND PATIENTS MORE IN HOSPITALS--AND [SINCE] LACK-OF-ACCESS WILL RESULT IN MORE ILLNESSES [THAT ARE] UNDETECTED UNTIL ADVANCED-STAGE--THESE CUTS WILL ULTIMATELY RAISE MEDICARE-COSTS."

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DOCTOR BIBB ALLEN--WHO CHAIRS THE COLLEGE'S "COMMISSION ON ECONOMICS"--ADDS THAT VOTERS STRONGLY DISAPPROVE OF THE PROPOSED CUTS...

(ALLEN):
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ACCORDING TO OUR NATIONALLY REPRESENTATIVE POLL OF REGISTERED VOTERS, OVER 80-PERCENT BELIEVE THAT DIAGNOSTIC-IMAGING IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO THE PROPER DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND DISEASES--WHILE ABOUT 90-PERCENT BELIEVE THAT CUTS TO IMAGING-SERVICES WOULD IMPACT EARLY-DETECTION."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "RADIOLOGY-SAVES-LIVES"-DOT-ORG.



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