Thursday, October 25, 2012

Video: U.S. Representative Burgess on Health Reform and the Future of Health Care

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), spoke with The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith at a recent TribLive conversation. Congressman Burgess discussed the future of Medicaid and Medicare, the uninsured, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and the medical profession.

Representative Burgess said the vast majority of health reform hurts patients and physicians alike, and does nothing to fix the broken Medicare physician payment system currently causing an exodus of physicians willing to accept new Medicare patients. “We’ve come at this exactly the wrong way — at so many levels — not just in the [PPACA] but for years with administrative pricing and sustainable growth rate formulas — everything [the federal government has] done has actually made the problem worse,” he says.

Congressman Burgess told The Texas Tribune he remains hopeful about the future of the medical profession. If he had to do it over again, knowing what he was getting into, he would still choose to become a physician “in a heartbeat.” Major advancements in medical knowledge and technology mean that “this next generation of doctors is going to have the ability to alleviate human suffering on a scale that no doctor has ever known at any time,” he said. “The policy is going to be dreadful, but the science is going to be spectacular.”

Watch the interview at The Texas Tribune’s TribLive.

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