AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics

Formerly Virtual Mentor

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. February 2008, Volume 10, Number 2.

Ethics Poll

Caring for the Incarcerated Patient

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

As wards of the state, prisoners are guaranteed health care, a fact that many citizens find unfair. Which of the following statements best expresses how you feel about prisoners' access to health care?

A prisoner with severe medical illness who is a threat to himself or others should retain his right to refuse psychotropic medication.

During incarceration prisoners should have access to:
(Check as many as apply.)

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 our readers. The viewpoints expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.