Dear Patients and Community Oncology Supporters:
In recent weeks you may have read about a government experiment to change the way Medicare (the nation’s largest insurer for those 65+) pays for cancer and other life-saving drugs. What you may not know is that this experiment will radically change the way we fight cancer in America, including here at Southeastern Medical Oncology Center. We need your help in fighting this experiment!
What is happening?
Simply put, the government wants to influence which life-saving cancer drugs and treatments are made available to patients, all in the interest of trying to save money without consideration of patients’ lives. To do this, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (or CMS, as it is called), the government agency that runs Medicare, is going to “experiment” – a word the government uses itself – on senior patients covered by Medicare.
But this experiment will end up affecting all patients, not just those with cancer. This includes diseases such as macular degeneration, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and primary immunodeficiency diseases.
The government thinks it knows how to fight cancer better than your oncologists in collaboration with you, the patient. With this experiment, government bureaucrats hundreds of miles away in Washington, DC want to influence what treatments are provided to patients with cancer.
Why is this a big deal?
Fighting cancer is about personalized treatment, not cookie-cutter medicine. There are more than 200 different types of cancer and thousands of treatment options.
Each patient requires a personalized treatment plan that can access all of the available lifesaving drugs and therapies. We develop these plans based on careful consideration of the options and what will work best for you!
This experiment will influence the treatments available to patients, regardless of what your doctor’s think is best. Government bureaucrats should not control how we fight cancer – that is a slippery slope to government control of healthcare.
How you can help: Deliver a simple message to Congress
Speak up now and let Congress know that we need our elected officials to stand up for America’s cancer patients and their providers, before it is too late.
Your voice matters! As cancer patients and survivors you will be most affected, and you must be a part of the conversation. Congress needs to hear from YOU. Please speak up!
Let’s tell Congress: HELP STOP THE MEDICARE EXPERIMENT ON CANCER CARE!
Please complete one of the following by May 9, 2016.
Here is how you can help us and get involved:
1. Text CANCER to 52886. You will receive an automated reply to start the process and get registered to help us.
2. Visit www.CancerExperiment.com to make calls, send emails, Tweet, post on Facebook and let the world know you oppose this change.
Thank you for your help in this important battle! Please let Southeastern Medical Oncology Center know if you have any questions.
Southeastern Medical Oncology Center
James Atkins, MD
Samer Kasbari, MD
I-Wen Chang, MD
Jason Boyd, MD
Scott Smith, MD
Nagesh Jayaram, MD
Debra Miller, MD