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Feds to cut Medicare payments for cancer-fighting Gamma Knife, thanks to Congress

Al's Comment:

  This is an interesting situation.  The companies that make competing radiosurgery tools somehow managed to first get Medicare to pay double for one tool, then the other manufature managed to get them to reverse the decsion and pay the same fo the procedure no matter which tool is used.

  I do not know how much these things cost - but I would hate to see us lose access to one of the tools due to these cuts. On the other hand, I always felt there should be no economic incentive for a doctor to use one tool over the other. Ideally the decision should be based on what is better for the patient than how much they will earn for using one over the other.

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