Medicare cuts will hurt

A proposed health-care reform proposing Medicare cuts has consequences for Oregonians.

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Medicare cuts could affect the benefits Oregonians receive and make it difficult for them to find Medicare doctors.

The health care bill written by House Democrats calls for $500 billion in Medicare cuts over 10 years to help offset the enormous cost of providing care to 45 million uninsured Americans. The Senate is also likely to slice deeply into Medicare to pay for its proposal…

That would hurt Oregon, where Medicare spending already is relatively low. In 2006, Medicare reimbursements per member were $6,122 in Oregon compared to $9,564 in New York. That difference means Medicare pays hospitals in some states more than their costs for a hip replacement, heart bypass or other service, while hospitals in Oregon get on average about 90 percent of their costs for services.

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