Medicine: Review for Doctors

U.S. doctors have for years fought to keep the Federal Government from ruling on what is necessary, proper care. In the most recent defense of their professional prerogative, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons had gone to court to block enforcement of a new Social Security amendment that will monitor the treatment given Medicare and Medicaid patients. The doctors argued that such a system violated their constitutional right to practice medicine and their patients' right to receive treatment.

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed with that view. It let stand a lower-court decision upholding the Social Security legislation. The court's...

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