[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 54.161.130.145. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
Citations 0
Letters
May 12, 2010

Public Health Emergencies and Legal Standards of Care

JAMA. 2010;303(18):1811-1812. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.543

To the Editor: In their Commentary, Mr Hodge and Ms Courtney1 proffered a public health legal standard of care during emergencies. This is problematic for 2 reasons. First, it is unclear what principles ought to underlie a determination of fair treatment in accordance with communal or public health interests. Second, a physician who does not conform to this nonmedically indicated standard of care may arguably be liable for medical malpractice.

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×