Medicare’s planned cuts in 2008 physician payments could cause many doctors to reduce the number of Medicare patients they see, a physicians’ group says.

Roughly 60% of physicians say they would reduce the number of new Medicare patients they treat if planned payment cuts of 10% go forward, according to a survey of about 9,000 doctors commissioned by the American Medical Association, Chicago.

The AMA has launched a campaign to replace the 10% reduction with a 1.7% increase.

Over 9 years, current government projections show that Medicare payments would fall about 40% and the cost of caring for patients would increase 20%, according to the AMA.