In terms of giving by specialties, the survey found that pediatric (nonsurgical) physicians and surgical and anesthesiology specialists were more apt to donate their time to short-term medical missions abroad. Adult (nonsurgical) physicians were more likely to provide services in free and sliding scale clinics.
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“According to the World Giving Index, the people of the U.S. are repeatedly shown to be the most generous among the world’s nations, and U.S. physicians do their part … through unpaid teaching, [providing] free services domestically and abroad, and waiving fees for those in their practices who cannot pay,” he said.
Mary Beth Nierengarten is a freelance medical writer based in Minnesota.