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

AMA Journal of Ethics. August 2015, Volume 17, Number 8: 715-814.

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The Bottom Line: Profit Motive in American Medicine

Ethics Poll

Most drug companies employ representatives who visit physicians to explain the company’s new drugs, leave samples, and put in a sales plug for those drugs. Which of the following best expresses your opinion about the “drug rep” practice?
In a single-payer system, a single public or quasi-public agency organizes health care financing, but the delivery of care remains largely in private hands. Would you like to see a single-payer health care system in the US?

Peer-Reviewed CME Article

Medicine’s Valuing of “Normal” Cognitive Ability
Julie M.G. Rogers, C. Christopher Hook, and Rachel D. Havyer
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:717-726.

From the Editor

Medicine and the Market
Hannah L. Kushnick
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:727-728.

Ethics Cases

Assessing Information from Pharmaceutical Company Representatives
Commentary by Shahram Ahmadi Nasab Emran
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:729-733.

Donations of Expensive Equipment for Resident Training
Commentary by Ashvini K. Reddy
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:734-738.

The Code Says

The AMA Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions on Physicians’ Financial Interests
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:739-743.

Podcast

Understanding and Controlling the High Cost of Health Care Listen
Interview with Peter A. Ubel

Medical Education

Teaching Medical Business Ethics: An Introduction to the Bander Center’s Case Book
Erin L. Bakanas and Tyler A Zahrli
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:744-749.

In the Literature

Pricing Cancer Drugs: When Does Pricing Become Profiteering?
Hannah L. Kushnick
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:750-753.

Health Law

The Affordable Care Act and Insurer Business Practices
Sandy H. Ahn
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:754-759.

A Legal Test for the Pharmaceutical Company Practice of “Product Hopping”
Tobin Klusty
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:760-762.

IRS Rules Will Not Stop Unfair Hospital Billing and Collection Practices
Erin C. Fuse Brown
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:763-769.

Policy Forum

The All-Payer Rate Setting Model for Pricing Medical Services and Drugs
Gerard Anderson and Bradley Herring
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:770-775.

Policymaking for Orphan Drugs and Its Challenges
Taeho Greg Rhee
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:776-779.

Medicine and Society

Money and Medicine: Indivisible and Irreconcilable
Eli Y. Adashi
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:780-786.

Second Thoughts

Mixing Dinner and Drugs—Is It Ethically Contraindicated?
David F. Essi
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:787-795.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:796-811.

About the Contributors
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AMA Journal of Ethics. 2015; 17:812-814.