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October 7, 1998

Prominence of Patients' Insurance Status in Clinical Crossroads

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(13):1137-1138. doi:10.1001/jama.280.13.1137

To the Editor:In the Clinical Crossroads section, the patient's insurance status often is described early in the case presentation along with the chief complaint.1,2 For example, in the article describing the 52-year-old woman with diabetes and claudication, the first 2 sentences of the case presentation read: "Mrs D is a 52-year-old mother of 2 children who has progressive pain in her right leg while walking. She lives in Boston and has her health care insurance through Massachusetts Medicaid and Medicare."1