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I have practiced medicine for more than thirty years, and I honestly feel that 99% of doctors want and strive to do the best for their patients. However, with increasing government controls, I do not know how patients will be able to trust their doctors to do the best for them. I am worried that a panel of fifteen or so in Washington, most of whom likely will be non-physicians, will be deciding what treatments will be allowed. I fear that under this system, I will not have the access to advocate on behalf of the specific needs of my patients. When a doctor tells a patient that he will follow a particular plan of treatment, how can the patient believe that this plan is the best approach for his specific problem? It may simply be the only plan that government medicine allows under a system of cost-based, and therefore rationed, care.