|December 2012 · Vol. 24, No. 12
Why (and how) we must repeal
the sustainable growth rate
Elimination of the SGR has bicameral, bipartisan support in Congress. So what’s holding up repeal?
Lucia DiVenere, MA
Ms. DiVenere is Senior Director of Government Affairs at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington, DC.
Ms. DiVenere reports no financial relationships relevant to this article.
Imagine this: Your 20-year-old daughter tells you she wants to attend an expensive school for 5 years of intensive postgraduate training, amassing tens of thousands of dollars of debt, to provide expert services to the US population. There is no good substitute for the services she hopes to provide, and they are vitally needed. The services also carry risk. Despite this, she tells you that her salary will not increase every year in tandem with the cost of living; in fact, she expects her salary to be cut by nearly one-third each year. Compensation in her chosen field hasn’t increased in real dollars for many years.
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