Dr. Ted Epperly, a family physician and CEO of the Family Medical Residency in Boise, Idaho, agree.
"There's a strong possibility that physicians will stop taking new Medicare patients, and this is especially true for [specialists,]" said Epperly. Given that about 10,000 people become eligible for Medicare every day, Epperly fears that this could create a dangerous situation.
"We already have a shortage of primary care physicians in the United States," he said. "At a time when we need more doctors, and more access to them, we can't afford to create a situation where doctors are limiting the type of patient they want to see because of payment cuts."