This is not good news. According to this guy:
Medicare pays anesthesiologists about 20 cents on the dollar compared to private insurance companies. The healthcare bills set reimbursement rates at Medicare rates plus 5%. That might be fine for most specialities, where Medicare rates and private insurance rates are fairly close, but it will destroy anesthesia. What doctor is going to take an almost 80% pay cut?
Mrs. Stagger and I have had our share of surgeries of late. We be lovin’ our anesthesiologists. Take it from us –you’re lookin’ at a hip replacement, a neck fusion, a colonoscopy, whatever– you don’t want a history of under-tipping these people.