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Table 3 Participants’ assessments of civic responsibilities (N = 240)

From: The future of physician advocacy: a survey of U.S. medical students

How important is it for physicians to: Very Important
N (%)
Somewhat Important
N (%)
Not Important
N (%)
Provide necessary care regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. 195 (81.3) 43 (17.9) 2 (0.8)
Know the overall cost of the care they provide. 179 (74.6) 52 (21.7) 9 (3.8)
Encourage medical organizations to advocate for the public’s health. 183 (76.3) 47 (19.6) 10 (4.2)
Provide health-related expertise to local community organizations (e.g., school boards, parent-teacher organizations, athletic teams, local media). 137 (57.1) 91 (37.9) 12 (5.0)
Be politically involved (other than voting) in health-related matters at the local, state, or national level. 109 (45.4) 114 (47.5) 17 (7.1)