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America Speaks: Radiology Saves Lives!! Did you know that medical imaging exams may become less accessible in the future?

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Imaging Saves Lives

The America Speaks: Radiology Saves Lives initiative provides policymakers and the public with essential information about imaging, how current federal policies are affecting its affordability and accessibility, and how future decisions can impact whether Medicare beneficiaries have access to this vital medical technology.

 

 

Did you know that medical imaging exams -- like the one you or a loved one are receiving today -- may become less accessible in the future? It’s unthinkable that patients might be unable to take advantage of diagnostic imaging technologies like MRIs and CT scans. But it’s actually a very real possibility.

As you may know, Congress is currently in the process of trying to reduce the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion. The "super committee" is supposed to make recommendations to accomplish this, and some of the proposed cuts they may include come from Medicare — more specifically, from medical imaging services.

If that happens, screenings like the one you or a loved one is receiving today may become less accessible. More patients may be susceptible to serious illness. More seniors on Medicare may have to undergo surgeries or intensive treatments for conditions that an imaging scan could have uncovered. Congress needs to hear from patients about the value and importance of medical imaging.

What can you do to help protect access to these vital healthcare services?

  • Contact your Senators and Representative and tell them that they MUST preserve patient access to diagnostic imaging by opposing the proposed cuts.
  • Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper, explaining why Medicare cuts to diagnostic imaging would be so harmful.
  • Encourage others to learn more about the threat to imaging services by visiting.

To learn more the America Speaks: Radiology Saves Lives Campaign please visit RadiologySavesLives.org.

 

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