Forum Session

Medicare Physician Spending: Past as Prologue?
October 13, 2006


Laura A. Dummit


This meeting presented an historical perspective on physician spending in the Medicare program and Medicare’s attempts to curb its growth. It included a national overview of physician responses to Medicare’s payment approach and views from the primary care and specialty physician communities.


Gail Wilensky, PhD, Senior Fellow, Project HOPE

With Commentary From:
Paul Ginsburg, PhD, President, Center for Studying Health System Change; Alan R. Nelson, MD, Special Adviser, American College of Physicians; Karen Borman, MD, Professor of Surgery and Vice Chair for Surgical Education, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Related Materials

See related issue briefs by Laura A. Dummit, "Medicare Physician Payments and Spending," (Issue Brief No. 815, October 9, 2006) and "Updating Medicare’s Physician Fees: The Sustainable Growth Rate Methodology" (Issue Brief No. 818, November 10, 2006).

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