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Medical News & Perspectives
November 13, 2002

Hitching a Ride to Health Care

JAMA. 2002;288(18):2253-2254. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2253

Because Jack McConnell, MD, likes giving rides to hitchhikers, thousands of uninsured people now receive free medical care.

The 77-year-old pediatrician, scientist, and business executive—who directed the program for the development of Tylenol tablets—moved in 1989 to a gated community on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, planning a routine retirement. But chance encounters with hitchhikers changed his life—and theirs as well.