AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. July 2005, Volume 7, Number 7.

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July 2005 Contents

Access to Care

Ethics Poll

We will see comprehensive health care reform ensuring greater access to care/universal coverage taking place:
The greatest barrier for health care is:
Should the United States adopt a single-payer system that guarantees the same health care coverage to all citizens?
All medical students should be required to volunteer in a clinic at some point in their medical education?

From the Editor

Improving Access to Care
Kerri Hecox
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Educating for Professionalism

Clinical Cases

When Diagnosis Becomes Unaffordable
Commentary by William Hensel and Justin List
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How Good Is Good Enough?
Commentary by G. Caleb Alexander and Robert C. Bowman
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Is Greenacres (Skilled Nursing Facility) the Place to Be?
Commentary by Hasan Shanawani and Kathleen Nathan Lowe
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Journal Discussion

The Emanuel-Fuchs Voucher Plan for Health System Reform
Christian J. Krautkramer
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Medical Education

Medical Student-Run Clinics for the Underserved
Ed Farrell
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Clinical Pearl

Evaluation of the Solitary Pulmonary Nodule
Julia Feliz Alvarado and Richard Albert
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Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Chaoulli v. Quebec: Testing the Single-Payer System
Sylvia R. Cruess and Richard L. Cruess
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Policy Forum

The Medicare Prescription Drug Law: Implications for Access to Care
January Angeles and Marilyn Moon
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Utah's Primary Care Network: States Can Do Better
Judi Hilman
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Medicaid Reform: Implications for the Health Care Safety Net
Sara Wilensky and Sara Rosenbaum
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Medicaid's Untallied Costs
Michael F. Cannon
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Medicine and Society

Culture Within a Culture: US Immigrants Confront a Health System that Many Citizens Can't Manage
Ann O'Fallon
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Hope Is a Public Health Resource: the Collective Challenge of "3 by 5"
Aaron Shakow
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Op-Ed and Correspondence


Wrong Turn: The Wayward Path of Health Care Reform
Jonathan Oberlander
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HSAs: A Great Tax Shelter for Wealthy, Healthy People but Little Help to the Uninsured, Underinsured, and People with Medical Needs
Mila Kofman
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HSAs: More Than a (Tax) Shelter, Not Quite a House
Carla Y. Willis
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Suggested Readings and Resources

About the Contributors
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