Potential cuts to medical programs leaves dermatologists uncertain about future

September 1, 2011

When the United States reached a virtual gridlock in July over raising the country's debt ceiling, most politicians agreed that the country needed to cut spending to bring the nation's budget back into line. With the medical component of the proposed spending cuts, On Call wondered how dermatologists viewed the political gymnastics occurring in Washington and how the impact on Medicare and Medicaid would affect their practices and medicine in the future.

Key Points

Both Democrats and Republicans seemed to focus on "entitlements," particularly Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. It quickly became apparent, whether an agreement on the debt ceiling was reached or not, the future of those entitlements was going to remain on the table for negotiation.

With the medical component of the proposed spending cuts, On Call wondered how dermatologists viewed the political gymnastics occurring in Washington and how the impact on Medicare and Medicaid would affect their practices and medicine in the future.