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Vermont moves closer to becoming first US state to provide “socialised medicine”

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 09 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2921
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

Vermont is set to become the first US state to launch a single payer healthcare plan after a bill passed both houses of the state’s legislature.

The plan is expected to be signed by Governor Peter Shumlin, who in February originally proposed the idea that would abolish most insurance plans and would instead provide healthcare to all residents through public funding. In the United States this is known as a “single payer” scheme and is fiercely opposed by many conservative politicians as “socialised medicine.”

Some doctors in Vermont are unhappy about the proposed changes. In an online poll of roughly 600 doctors conducted by the state representative George Till, a doctor who specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology, 28% said that they will stop practising medicine in the state if the plan is …

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