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Managed care was introduced into the U.S. healthcare system in an effort to control costs while still providing quality healthcare to Americans (Moore, 2009). However, opponents of managed care have pointed to a potential ethical pitfall of skimping on services or testing in an effort to control costs. Some have argued in an effort to keep skyrocketing costs down physicians may be tempted to deny treatments or testing due to increased costs even when such treatment or testing may be medically advisable. Thinking in terms of the codes of ethics that physicians should adhere to, do you feel this concern regarding cost cutting is legitimate, and why or why not? Justify your answers with appropriate research and reasoning.

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