Congress expected to continue dodging mandated cuts in Medicare doctor payments

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When spending increases exceed economic growth, payments to doctors are supposed to be cut. Under the system, payments to doctors would have to be cut by 5% a year through 2016 to meet program spending targets, according to federal estimates. That is unlikely to happen. Lawmakers fear that any reduction in payments could add to the record increases in Medicare premiums and drive doctors from the program.

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