What Are We Teaching About Indigent Patients?
Miles, Steven H.
JAMA. 1992 Nov 11; 268(18): 2561-2562.
Society and the medical profession are moving toward health care reform even as teaching hospitals mirror our present failure to ensure reliable universal access to basic health care. It would be ironic if this generation of American physicians-in-training were the first to practice in a universal-access health care system after being shown and taught how to turn away from sick people without money. In the United States, physician voluntarism is still the final recourse for medically indigent persons. The voluntary care of indigent persons is not a substitute for health care reform. It is a mitzvah, or good deed, by which doctors are privileged to heal a wound and acknowledge the task and person the profession is accountable to. We cannot afford to cut this class from the education of new physicians.
Accountability; Attitudes; Beneficence; Doctors; Economics; Education; Emergency Care; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Care Reform; Health Insurance; Hospitals; Indigents; Institutional Policies; Insurance; Justice; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Moral Obligations; Patient Admission; Patient Care; Patient Transfer; Patients; Physicians; Residency; Selection for Treatment; Social worth; Stigmatization; Students; Surgery; Values; Virtues;
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