AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. February 2014, Volume 16, Number 2.

Ethics Poll

Regional Differences in the Use of Health Services

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

Increasing attention is being paid to regional differences in the type and amount of medical care that people receive. Which of the following do you think is the greatest cause of such differences?
Have you ever changed physicians because the physician you were seeing refused to provide a service, treatment, or prescription you requested?
Have you ever moved to or visited a city because treatment was available there and not in your home locale?
Has a physician ever asked whether or not you have been exposed to toxic chemicals in the soil, air, or water in places where you have lived?
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.