AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

AMA Journal of Ethics August 2015

This month in Journal of Ethics

The Bottom Line: Profit Motive in American Medicine

Unlike countries with nationalized or highly regulated health care systems, the US has a market-based capitalist system. The August 2015 issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics examines a quintessentially American medical ethics topic: how market forces, including the profit motives of corporate interests, shape the delivery of and payment for medical services. The market orientation of the US system influences medical education and physicians’ relationships with drug and device manufacturers; it affects the availability of drugs, patients’ ability to access and afford care, the type treatment they are prescribed, and what happens when they can’t pay their hospital bills.

Upcoming Issues

September Ethical Issues in Gynecologic Oncology

October Physicians, Human Rights, and Civil Liberties

November High Value Care

December Clinical Research Ethics

January Promises and Challenges in Patient- and Family-Centered Care

February Transplantation Ethics: Allocation of Livers