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This article is designed to acquaint Legal Services attorneys with a range of government health programs for which their clients may be eligible, and a number of legal theories that may impose a duty to provide care on public or private medical care institutions. The primary objective is to provide background material to assist the attorney in getting medical bills paid or defending a collection action. The article also includes a discussion of legal duties to provide care that will be useful in advising clients and consumer groups of their rights and of the programs and services that should be available in the community.