Sir.—Dr Pruitt's recent commentary on "Health Care and the Poor" was right on target in stating that "Health care for the poor is in jeopardy" and that if positive steps are not taken soon "the needy may be neglected." He was also correct in pointing out that pediatricians are in a unique position to "speak as advocates for a population in need."
It was of interest to note that none of the references from the commentary were from pediatric journals and that only one was from a general medical journal that is readily accessible to most pediatricians.
If, as Pruitt suggested, "Our experiences especially suit us to participate in discussion of this important social issue," a suitable vehicle in the pediatric mainstream is needed. AJDC, with its wide circulation to both academic and practicing pediatricians, would seem to be in a unique position to provide such a vehicle. This
James DH. Section to Discuss Health Care and the Poor?. Am J Dis Child. 1987;141(2):126. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1987.04460020016009