AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. April 2004, Volume 6, Number 04

Ethics Poll

Physicians' Unwritten Contract with Society

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

Does each physician have a professional responsibility to do pro bono work?
No
Does each physician have a professional responsibility to advocate for changes he or she thinks will improve the health of the public?
Is it ethical for a physician to not mention diagnostic treatment services that the patient's health plan does not cover?
Is a physician who has a "concierge" or retainer practice (ie fewer patients who pay an annual retainer fee and receive more personalized care), fulfilling his or her role in the profession's contract with society?
Poll results reflect the opinions of visitors to the site who voluntarily answer the poll questions. Those visitors do not represent a random sample of Virtual Mentor readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.