- Associated Press - Monday, November 8, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) - The president of the nation’s largest doctors’ group says upcoming cuts in Medicare physician payments will be catastrophic for seniors.

Dr. Cecil Wilson of the American Medical Association says Medicare payments will drop by more than 20 percent by January unless Congress takes quick action.

Wilson says many seniors will lose access to needed care because some doctors will stop accepting Medicare patients. He adds it’s a question of medical practices remaining financially viable.

Wilson spoke out against the cuts Monday at the AMA’s interim meeting in San Diego. The AMA is running full-page newspaper ads and wants a 13-month reprieve so a permanent solution can be sought.

It’s unknown if Congress will scrap the cuts, or even give doctors the full reprieve they’re seeking.