AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Journal of Ethics Header

AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. April 2004, Volume 6, Number 4.

  • Print

April 2004 Contents

Medicine and the Social Contract

Ethics Poll

Does each physician have a professional responsibility to do pro bono work?
Yes
No

Does each physician have a professional responsibility to advocate for changes he or she thinks will improve the health of the public?
Yes
No

Is it ethical for a physician to not mention diagnostic treatment services that the patient's health plan does not cover?
Always
Sometimes
Never

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?
Always
Sometimes
Never

From the Editor

"Sign on the Dotted Line"
David R. Block
Full Text

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

Rationing of Intensive Home Dialysis
Commentary by Mandy Garber and Robert M. Arnold
Full Text

Peer Reporting of Suspected Physician Misconduct
Commentary by Nancy H. Nielsen
Full Text

Physician Service to the Underserved
Commentary by Jack P. Freer
Full Text

Retainer Practice: Scientific, Social Justice, and Ethical Perspectives
Commentary by Martin T. Donohoe
Full Text

Journal Discussion

Physicians as Citizens
Philip Perry
Full Text

Can Medicare Keep Its Contract?
Azza M. Jayaprakash
Full Text

Clinical Pearl

Prospects for Daily Nocturnal Hemodialysis (DNHD)
Christopher D. Hoy
Full Text

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Good Samaritan Statutes: Are Medical Volunteers Protected?
Cameron DeGuerre
Full Text

Medicine and Society

Professionalism and Medicine's Social Contract with Society
Sylvia R. Cruess and Richard L. Cruess
Full Text

The Physician's Role in Society: Enhancing the Health of Individuals and the Public
Alan H. Lockwood
Full Text

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Global Health Equity
Paul Farmer
Full Text

Reevaluating the Social Contract in American Medicine
Alan L. Wells
Full Text

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
Full Text

Test Questions
Full Text

About the Contributors
Full Text