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April 1, 1998

Defending Health Care: For Patients, Not Profits—Reply

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Copyright 1998 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1998

JAMA. 1998;279(13):991-992. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-13-jbk0401

In Reply.—Unfortunately, the efforts of organized medicine, such as those mentioned by Dr Detesco, have not stopped or perceptibly slowed the degradation of care and caring. Only the widest possible mobilization of health professionals and patients can reclaim the soul of medicine. The state medical association in New Mexico, several local medical societies, 12 state nursing associations, 3 national unions, and many consumer groups already have endorsed our call to action. We hope and trust that many other elements of organized medicine will collaborate in this effort.

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