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April 1, 1998

Defending Health Care: For Patients, Not Profits

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(13):991-992. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-13-jbk0401

To the Editor.—The call to action article by the Ad Hoc Committee to Defend Health Care1 contains some areas that are right on the money and many others that miss the mark entirely. As the administrator of a small rural hospital, I have spent more than 25 years working in the not-for-profit sector. What a misnomer. Who among us is against profit? The simple reality is no bottom line, no mission.

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