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Health Care Reform: An American Imperative

Willis C. Maddrey, MD; Rolf M. Gunnar, MD; Paul F. Griner, MD; James J. Bergin, MD; Clifton R. Cleaveland, MD; and John R. Ball, MD, JD
Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(6):528-529. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-117-6-528
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The little boy stood weeping on the cabin's front porch, one leg horribly charred. "Why didn't you take him to the doctor?" the equally young passerby asked. "Because we got no money," the little boy's mother replied. Later the passerby learned the boy had died.

No one should go without medical care for lack of money. As physicians, we struggle daily against the chaos of illness and injury, whether in the context of clinical, laboratory, or administrative practice. We try our utmost to restore or to preserve health, yet the lack of access to care for many Americans increasingly frustrates


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