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US doctors consider access to health care for all

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7275.1491/c (Published 16 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1491
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. New York

    Doctors in the United States could be required to support access to health care for everyone, if proposals currently before the American Medical Association (AMA) are passed next June.

    The association's council of ethical and judicial affairs has proposed that two new statements be included in the association's “principles of medical ethics.” If passed, the changes will mark the first change in the association's principles since 1980.

    The first new principle reads: “A physician shall, while caring for a patient, regard responsibility to …

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