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We are taught that when God created the universe we were endowed with the ability to become God's partners in curing illness. Providing health care is not just an obligation for the patient and the doctor, but for society as well. It is for this reason that Maimonides, a revered Jewish scholar and himself a physician, listed health care first on his list of the ten most important communal services that a city had to offer to its residents. (Mishneh Torah, Hilchot De'ot IV: 23)
Central Conference of American Rabbis, May 1999
Based on this tradition, the Central Conference of American Rabbis has repeatedly stressed the importance of health care and has called for a national health care plan which grants universal access to primary and acute health care and which will provide for cost containment, equitable financing and assure quality of services.
Health care consumers and their advocates have become increasingly concerned about maintaining quality of health care. Within the health care industry there are often wide variations in costs, quality, access, and choice of doctors and treatments. There are numerous reported instances of failures to give patients timely and proper treatment, due to cost-cutting measures, limited numbers of doctors in health plans, and denial of access to treatment options. Although health plans have denied access to procedures that could have helped them, many plans cannot be held accountable for decisions they make that lead to worsened health or even death.
THEREFORE the Central Conference of American Rabbis resolves to: