AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. January 2007, Volume 9, Number 01

Ethics Poll

The Cost of Cancer Treatment--and Smoking

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

Which of the following best explains your understanding of your present health insurance coverage. If I were to get cancer:
A 16-year-old chose to stop cancer treatments in favor of alternative therapy that had no empirical proof of effectiveness. His parents supported his decision, but his physicians reported the family to the state because the teen was refusing clinically proven care that they believed would save his life. Do you think the physicians acted properly?
Which of following best describes how you feel about employers' no-smoking policies.
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.