Why The Fiscal Cliff Is A Fiscal Heart Attack For Doctors

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Potential Impact Of Fiscal Cliff On Podiatrists

• 2 percent Medicare cut to providers
• Reduced funding for NIH, FDA, CDC
• SGR calculated 26.5 percent cut to Medicare providers
• Return to Clinton-era income tax rates

Author(s): 
Lee C. Rogers, DPM

   Of course, if Congress works to avoid falling off the cliff, we would avoid many of the aforementioned scenarios but that doesn’t mean that we will not see a change in health-related programs. Whether we go over the cliff or not, Medicare and Medicaid benefits may see substantial changes as a result of negotiations.

   Dr. Rogers is the Co-Director of the Amputation Prevention Center at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Calif. He was the 2012 Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 25th district.

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