Caring for the Poor
JAMA. 1993 May 19; 269(19): 2533-2537.
This report examines the individual medical practitioner's ethical obligation to treat the poor. Because much of the recent attention has focused on broader societal obligations and systematic reform, the role of the individual has been overshadowed. The American Medical Association (AMA) has long recognized an ethical obligation of physicians to assume some individual responsibility for making health care available to the needy....In reviewing the duty of physicians to provide care for the indigent, the Council does not pretend that individual philanthropy can cure problens that have complex origins and that require more extensive societal solutions. Access to adequate medical care is a problem that physicians alone cannot solve. In addition, increasing access to medical care will not by itself solve the health problems of the indigent. Nevertheless, both physicians and medical societies must continue to take steps to help alleviate the distress and suffering that accompany medical indigency.
Altruism; Beneficence; Caring; Economics; Ethics; Financial Support; Government; Guidelines; Health; Health Care; Health Insurance; Historical Aspects; Indigents; Insurance; Medical Ethics; Medical Fees; Moral Obligations; Obligations of Society; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Patient Care; Physician's Role; Physicians; Professional Organizations; Public Policy; Suffering;
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