Title

Considering Family Resources When Making Medical Recommendations.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-2018

Identifier

DOI: 10.1542/peds.2017-1198

Abstract

Poor families without health insurance present unique challenges for pediatricians who want to do what is best for the children who are their patients. Families are often willing to make tremendous sacrifices to pay for recommended and needed medical care. Physicians may have to decide whether, or how strongly to, recommend expensive treatments, especially when any good outcomes associated with such treatments are not guaranteed. How should we balance the considerations of justice and of the child's best interest with the grim realities facing poor families? In this article, we present a case from a tertiary care hospital in India in which doctors and parents struggled to figure out the best options for a young man with end stage renal disease.

Journal Title

Pediatrics

Volume

141

Issue

1

MeSH Keywords

Child, Preschool; Clinical Decision-Making; Decision Making; Health Resources; Humans; India; Insurance, Health; Kidney Failure, Chronic; Kidney Transplantation; Male; Physician-Patient Relations; Poverty; Renal Dialysis; Risk Assessment

Keywords

Child, Preschool; Clinical Decision-Making; Decision Making; Health Resources; Humans; India; Insurance, Health; Kidney Failure, Chronic; Kidney Transplantation; Male; Physician-Patient Relations; Poverty; Renal Dialysis; Risk Assessment

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