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To the Editor:—
I was interested to read the letter written by Dr. Amos R. Koontz headed "The Government Cannot Force Socialized Medicine On Us" (J. A. M. A. July 22, page 1113).I would warn against too strong a belief in this dictum. In California, Governor Warren sponsored a bill which was defeated again in our last legislative session. In my opinion it was the most vicious of all the socialized medicine bills so far proposed. In the last paragraph of this bill there was a provision that stated that any doctor who charged, accepted or received any payment, cash or emolument whatsoever from any patient covered under the socialized medicine bill "except that paid by the state" would automatically be guilty of unprofessional conduct as defined in the Business-Professions Code of Laws. Perusal of these laws reveals that unprofessional conduct as defined therein results in revocation of a
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