[Susan notes: A poignant and powerful plea. ]
To the editor
You report that Republicans say that giving government authority to wheel and deal with drug makers would be almost like price controls ("Why Medicare Drugs May Be Sticking Point," Politics & Economics, Nov. 24). Yet doctors have been living with price controls imposed not only by government but HMOs as well. Furthermore, drug makers' unchecked pricing indirectly affects the controls on physicians' fees because HMOs' profits depend on how low they can negotiate drug prices for their formularies. Naturally, this impacts HMOs' decisions on how much or how little to pay physicians.
Edward J. Volpintesta, M.D.
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