AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. December 2007, Volume 9, Number 12.

Ethics Poll

Physicians' Relationship to Patients and the State

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

Physicians are mandated to report—by name—patients who have certain infectious diseases classified as "reportable." Physicians who do not comply with these laws should be fined or censured.
West Virginia is piloting a two-tiered Medicaid plan. Patients who sign contracts that they will keep appointments, adhere to treatment, and choose healthy lifestyles get benefits, e.g., weight-loss and anti-smoking programs, mental health services, diabetes management classes, that exceed the basic benefits offered to all.
Physicians and other health care professionals should have no part in seeking information about or reporting on the immigration status of patients they treat.
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