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Doctors Voice Concerns Over Health Care Changes

A group of doctors is telling Vermont lawmakers and the media that changes in how they are paid could harm medical ethics.

They're worried about the payment plan that might be implemented by the Green Mountain Care Board. Speaking at a news conference organized Wednesday by the group Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, Dr. Robert Emmons, a Burlington psychiatrist, said the way Vermont's health care overhaul is planned is not compatible with medical ethics.

He, along with other physicians and a group of mostly Republican lawmakers gathered to complain that the redesign of the health care financing system will end the private practice of medicine in the state.

They say ethics will be harmed because the system will force them to give less thorough and comprehensive care.