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Doctors concerned about potential medicare cuts


Congress could impose a 27 percent cut in payments to doctors for treating Medicare Patients in the new year. As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Paula Cunniffe reports, doctors are considered that this drop could affect both doctors and patients.

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