The patient who cannot afford the bus fare to the clinic

Chris Ellis
South African Family Practice | Vol 60, No 1 : January/February| a4798 | DOI: | ©
Submitted: 15 January 2018 | Published: 18 January 2018

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Chris Ellis, Private Practitioner, South Africa

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In his book Equanimitas, written in 1904, Sir William Osler laments that very few doctors go into public life to help advise and manage the delivery of health care. “As a rule,” he says “doctors make bad citizens taking little or no interest in civic, state or national politics”. Most of us do not like leaving the comfort zone of clinical medicine and entering the more robust arena of medical politics.


Distributive justice; environmental medicine, supply chain management


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