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December 4, 1987

Charity Care Takes Many Forms

JAMA. 1987;258(21):3081-3084. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400210023002

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FOR THE FIRST TIME in the history of the medical and legal professions, the journals of the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Bar Association (ABA) jointly are publishing the same editorial today. It begins on page 3157 of this issue and is not a policy statement of either association, but rather the opinion of the editors about, among other things, physicians and attorneys providing uncompensated services to those unable to pay. The coauthors are George D. Lundberg, MD, JAMA's editor, and Laurence Bodine, Esq, his ABA counterpart.

Included with that editorial in the December issue of the American Bar Association Journal are articles about the mandating of attorneys' pro bono ("for the good," the Latin term in law for work or services provided free of charge to those unable to pay) efforts by seven federal courts, two state legislatures, and seven local bar associations; the donating of more