President Bush intends to veto a bill that would allow doctors to keep a higher level of Medicare pay, even though Congress has enough votes to override his veto, a White House spokesman said last week.

Though it appears the 10.6 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors has been staved off for the time being, it raises a specter that frightens Trumbull County physicians such as Dr. Gina Reghetti, who owns a family practice in Champion.

Her fears about the consequences of a cut mirrored Sen. Sherrod Brown's: solo physicians could suffer and would be less likely to see Ohio's 1.8 million Medicare users. Reghetti said if costs were passed back on to Medicare patients, they would be less likely to see a doctor.

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