P&S Journal: Spring 1994, Vol.14, No.2
Health Care Reform: Responses and Proposed Alternatives
'They Can Just Say No'
In response to your invitation to submit comments on the Clinton Plan, I suggest that the New York Times did not list all of the possibilities. Doctors do not have to be dragged "kicking and screaming" into the Clinton system; they can just say no.
In a survey done by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, 75 percent of respondents said they have considered retiring sooner than they would have thought possible five years ago.
Since the Clinton Plan would outlaw the practice of medicine according to the Oath of Hippocrates, the ethical physician will have no choice but to declare independence and refuse to participate.
I disagree vehemently with the AMA's craven refusal to oppose this plan on principle. All physicians should read Leo Alexander's article "Medicine Under Dictatorship" in the July 14, 1949, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.
Jane M. Orient'74 Tucson, Ariz.