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Doesn't the government give doctors annual cost of living increases in their fees like Social Security to deal with such matters?

Far from it.  All of these costs are generated in a background of the government reducing physician fees over the last 10 years, the inflationary loss of purchasing power for the money actually paid by Medicare and commercial insurance carriers, and with the prospect of congressional plans to cut specialists' payments 18% between 2012 and 2015 with no chance for any increase for another 7 years.  Primary care physicians are expecting a 10% cut without hope of increase for 10 years.  Physicians fees are regulated by law, and doctors cannot pass these added infrastructure costs onto their patients the way any other professionals can.   Physicians are the only professionals in the American economy who do not have the legal ability to set their own fees based on the operating costs of running their medical practices.