Vermont Doctors Claim the State’s Health Plans Will Be Detrimental to Medical Ethics

A group of doctors and Republican lawmakers in Vermont claim that the state’s plans to create a single-payer health care system will “’regulate the private practice of medicine in Vermont out of existence.”  The group’s principle argument against the health care reform measure is that doctors will be forced to reduce the quality of the health care in response to health care cost control initiatives.  According to psychiatrist Robert Emmons, “when you control how the doctor is paid, you control the doctor’s clinical decisions.” However, Mark Larson, Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access, and Robin Lunge, Governor Shumlin’s Director of Health Care Reform, believe such complaints are “premature” as decisions about physician compensation have not yet been made.  In addition, physician compensation is already regulated by provider agreements with insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid.  Read the original article here.

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