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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2006, Volume 8, Number 3: 125-190.

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March 2006 Contents

Cost of Care

Ethics Poll

When your physician orders a test (eg, blood count, x-ray) do you ask what it will cost?
How do you mitigate the cost of prescription drugs?
The single initiative that would do most to stabilize health care costs while providing high-quality health care services is:

From the Editor

Cost-Consciousness in the Patient-Physician Relationship
Emily Rothbaum
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:127-129.

Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

"Can We Just Drop the Copay?"
Commentary by Alex Federman
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:130-134.

To Scan or Not To Scan?
Commentary by Marion Danis
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:135-137.

The Pitfalls of Drug Company Sample Use
Commentary by Robert Goodman
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:138-141.

Journal Discussion

A Better IDEA for Communicating with Patients about Costs
Richard M. Frankel and Terry Stein
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:150-153.

Medical Education

Educating Trainees about the Cost of Medications
Michael A. Fischer and Jerry Avorn
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:142-146.

A Crash Course? What Happens When a Patient's Medical and Economic Best Interests Collide?
Caleb Alexander
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:147-149.

Clinical Pearl

CT Scans in the Diagnosis of Appendicitis
Niamey Pender
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:154-156.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Cost Containment and Physician Obligations: Mandates for Patient Advocacy
Bryan A. Liang
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:157-161.

Policy Forum

How Will Paying for Performance Affect Patient Care?
Meredith B. Rosenthal
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:162-165.

Medicine and Society

Medical Debt, Health Care Access, and Professional Responsibility
Katie Plax and Robert W. Seifert
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:166-169.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

Consumer-Driven Health Care Done Right: Prevention, Evidence-Based Care, and Supportive Patient-Physician Relationships
Michael D. Parkinson
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:170-173.

Consumer-Directed Health Plans
Joseph P. Newhouse
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:174-176.

Empowering Patients through Consumer-Driven Health Care
Devon M. Herrick
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:177-179.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:180-187.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2006; 8:188-190.