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February 25, 1950


JAMA. 1950;142(8):573-574. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910260047015

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STATEMENT ON GRIEVANCE COMMITTEES BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION  The House of Delegates at its Washington, D. C., meeting in December 1949 adopted a resolution which proposes the establishment of grievance committees by county and state medical societies. When this resolution was presented to the House, attention was drawn to the success of the committees already established in some states.The Board of Trustees believes that the medical profession will be pleased to learn that at least eighteen medical societies now have grievance committees. These committees hear grievances concerning alleged improper practices or injustices. Frequently fees are involved.The Principles of Medical Ethics state in part: "A physician is expected to uphold the dignity and honor of his vocation." Unfortunately, there have been reports of physicians' taking advantage of patients by charging exorbitant fees. Such

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