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March 11, 1998

Articulating a Social Ethic for Health Care

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

JAMA. 1998;279(10):745-746. doi:10.1001/jama.279.10.745

To the Editor.—Dr Reinhardt's1recent attack on my book Mortal Peril2presents this challenge: "to the extent a nation's health system can make it possible, should the child of a poor American family have the same chance of avoiding preventable illness or of being cured from a given illness as does a child of a rich American family?" The correct answer is no.

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