Two years ago, the Annals of Internal Medicine published a physician charter on professionalism.1 The charter was based on the premise that changes in health care delivery systems throughout the industrialized world threaten the professional values of medicine. It outlined 3 fundamental principles of professionalism and 10 specific professional responsibilities. Among the principles were the primacy of patient welfare and social justice; among the professional responsibilities was the commitment to improving access to care.
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