AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. August 2011, Volume 13, Number 8.

Ethics Poll

Is Charity Care the Answer?

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

Some say that physicians who volunteer their time to provide free medical care for the poor are just putting a band-aid on a large social problem--unequal access to medical care for all. The criticism is that these physicians help perpetuate the unfair system by hiding the real problem from view and allowing policy makers to ignore it. Do you agree with this view?
Which of the following do you think would do most to improve access to affordable, quality medical care for all U.S. residents?
Do you currently volunteer any of your time?

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.