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The government thinks they know how to practice medicine better than we docs in the trenches do. They have no clue.
I'll admit that some of what doctors do, many expensive things, are purely defensive medicine. Lawsuits are inconvenient and no fun, but we all get sued. Most of the time, we either win or our insurers pay them to go away, but it's a major interference with our work and our mental bandwidth.
Each and every medical decision can be questioned, because it's all an individualized art requiring individualized judgements.
Your last sentence says how it will go for many in the future. Those who cannot afford government medicine will no longer practice it.
You should keep your eyes open though for attempts by the government to simply draft you as their next step towards providing quality health care at any price.
pretty soon, if you don't do as you're told as a doctor you lose your license to practice, meaning you lose your job.
And as you lose your job for refusing to do it, you won't get any unemployment benefits either.
Most doctors will quietly go along until they can retire with full benefits.
The next generation will not know any different than that having their work dictated to them by the government is the way it's always been.
They'll be used to prescribing only officially sanctioned doses of officially sanctioned drugs for officially sanctioned diagnoses.
And one of the big benefits will be that they can't get sued for it as they can't be wrong for doing what thje government sanctioned list tells them to do...