- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 1, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Concerning “Private alternatives” (Opinion, Friday), this idea of tax deductibility of uncompensated medical care could be expanded to create significant savings in Medicaid and Medicare by allowing physicians to deduct value of these services instead of receiving payment. This could be done by a check-off on the claim form submitted for services. An annual report could then be generated for tax purposes.

I suspect this system would not significantly reduce tax revenues. These are the kinds of ideas that need to be considered carefully before launching into a hasty restructuring of a basically sound system that needs some tweaking to make it better.

JACK FRANCIS

Gaithersburg

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