There is much more patient control over the choices that they make today simply because of the changes in the health-care plans. The deductibles are greater, patients have a greater choice, and in an uncertain economic environment if there’s anything even close to being elective, patients will decide not to do them. So it has a direct impact on our marketplace.
Stryker CEO Stephen MacMillan
[Asked about the federal health-care reform law and a 2 percent medical device excise tax to be implemented in 2013] There’s so much uncertainty, and the investment community doesn’t like uncertainty. It’s what we as business leaders are facing. ... We do hope that ultimately there will be corporate tax reform but, let’s face it, it will probably not happen until after the 2012 election, which puts us into 2013. So we have to plan for that.
Anthony Coles, CEO, Onyx Pharmaceuticals