MITA Board Chairman Joe Robinson Thanks Sponsors of Bipartisan Device Tax Repeal Legislation

01.19.17

Dear Representatives Paulsen and Kind:
As the leading trade association representing the manufacturers of medical imaging devices
and radiopharmaceuticals, the Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) thanks you for
your introduction of H.R. 184, the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2017. This bipartisan
legislation repeals the destructive medical device tax and if enacted, would allow MITA
members to continue the development of innovative cutting-edge imaging systems for the
good of the millions of Americans who need them every year.
The medical imaging industry is in a state of constant innovation that each year brings exciting
new advances such as optimizing radiation dose at lower levels and improving imaging fidelity.
These developments have given physicians new tools to achieve accurate and early diagnoses.
In turn patient care is improved with lesser intensity of intervention.
Unfortunately, this tax impacts the resource decisions that the industry makes regarding
funding research and development and investing in manufacturing. Less investment in R&D
slows the pace of innovation and postpones patient access to the next generation of care. H.R.
184 provides medical device manufacturers predictability to begin making economic
investment decisions for 2018 and will help MITA members continue to build on investments
we’ve made since the two-year suspension.
We thank you for your strong and consistent leadership and look forward to working with your
office on future initiatives.

Sincerely,
Joe Robinson
Chairman, MITA Board of Directors
Senior Vice President, Health Systems Solutions, Philips Healthcare