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Commentary
April 7, 2010

A Case for White Coat Diplomacy

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York.

JAMA. 2010;303(13):1307-1308. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.384

“Now what?!” is the lingering question by relief workers and Haitians as the acute phase of the earthquake disaster evolves into the chronic stages of rebuilding. As with the rest of its institutions, the Haitian health care system has been shattered. It functions only through the voluntary efforts by medical teams from around the world. “Now what?” is also the question with which policy makers are now struggling—how to best use the donations from around the world without creating further dependence on aid and stifling local initiative.

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