AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. June 2009, Volume 11, Number 6.

Ethics Poll

How Green is Health Care?

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

Which of the following measures would you be willing to allow in your care and that of family members in the name of more sustainable and affordable health care? Check all that apply.
A physician who diagnoses several cases of a noncontagious illness such as nitrate toxicity that is environmentally related, satisfies his or her professional duty when he or she:
According to the precautionary principle, if an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken, even if a cause-effect relationship between the activity and the harm has not been scientifically established. On balance, which of the following statements best expresses your thought about the precautionary principle?
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.