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Are doctors required to treat patients who can’t afford to pay for the care? What obligations does the society have towards caring for it’s sick and needy? And what is the Jewish approach and view to this?

This is a vintage video and is being shared here for its historical value and its content, not for the quality of its video.

This presentation took place at the International Conference on Judaism and Contemporary Medicine on May 15th 2005, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. The video recording is courtesy of Dr. Michael-Moshe Akerman M.D. who is the director of the conference.

This presentation discusses complex medical issues. The views and opinions expressed here represent only those of each individual speaker and not that of Torah Café or the organizers of the conference. For the practical application of Torah views in individual cases please consult a Rabbi and Halachic authority who specializes in Jewish medical case law. While this presentation offers general guidelines, it should not be used or applied in individual cases due to the many varying details that are specific to each situation, as that can result in the Jewish legal decisions being different from those expressed here.

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