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October 24/31, 2012

Requirement to Purchase Health Insurance

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Jody W. Zylke, MD, Senior Editor.

Author Affiliation: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia (

JAMA. 2012;308(16):1628-1629. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.12625

To the Editor: Dr Rulli and colleagues1 claimed that a physician's duty to provide acute and emergency care, ie, to rescue, is “not grounded solely in individuals' right to be rescued.” Without this claim, their argument that the duty to rescue grounds a duty to buy insurance is less interesting because if individuals can waive their right to rescue, citizens can escape the duty to buy insurance.

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