Skip to comments.Doctor refuses to treat overweight Shrewsbury patient
Posted on 09/01/2012 8:36:40 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
SHREWSBURY, Mass. Ida Davidson is the first to admit her weight goes up and down, but the Shrewsbury resident said she was stunned when a new primary care physician said she could not become a patient because she weighed more than 200 pounds.
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Some member of the Massachusetts bar is about to score a big payday.
She doesn’t have to treat whoever presents themselves unless it is an emergency.
The oh so sainted civil rights act should deal with this.
(I feel for the patient but the doc should have every right to refuse any patient he wishes in his private practice.)
Very interesting. If that is a picture of the doctor it doesn’t look like she has missed too many meals herself.
"Both patients and physicians should be able to exercise freedom in whom to enter into a patient-physician relationship ... physicians do not give up their freedom of association by merely becoming professionals."
NHS in England also likes to reject working with the overweight. I wonder if anyone remembers what the NHS and Massachusetts have in common. That’s right, socialized medicine.
Next, old people will be instructed to take an aspirin and go home to die. No one wants to waste any of their precious resources on them.
Thanks, Mitt. /s
That said, boys scouts, wedding halls, etc. should have that same right. Some refuse to host same sex marriages and they are penalized. From the article ... physicians do not give up their freedom of association by merely becoming professionals." But the Boys Scout, owners of establishments, owners who refuse to rent are expected to give up their's. This is the next nazi - fat is out - you are on your own. Next will it be 'you smoke or have smoked so you are on your own, I can't help you'?
Ocare in full action.....(yeah I know it is England but the truth is that is where our health care is headed if Ocare stands)
Honestly, although I in no way support the concept, the way medicine is going it makes no sense economically for a physician to have overweight patients, or other patients who have higher risk of hospitalization and requirement for advanced care. There has been lots of talk, and actual movement toward, paying primary care docs in accordance with how successful they are in keeping their patients out of the hospital and using resources. It’s much easier to do that if you have young healthy patients.
This is the way it works to some extent in the NHS, and the Canadian system, where a hospital or regional medical system gets x dollars/pounds each month or year, irrespective of what patients they wind up treating.
My vet refuses to personally treat large dogs. She lost an eye a couple of years ago when a dog she was treating attacked her.
Se says she loves them but fears them at this point and can’t effectively treat them. Her business partner treats the big ones for now. (with a muzzle)
I don't blame her; she's down to her last eye.
Her business partner treats the big ones for now. (with a muzzle)
The muzzle her business partner wears protects his face from the dogs?
This was the second visit to the previous
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I find it telling that the obese patient is choosing to change her doctor instead of her weight!
"SHREWSBURY, Mass. "
no they’re not. You don’t have to take whoever. Just like attorneys evaluate whether they can help a client or not too.
Ever heard of a declination.
I have a friend who was an EMT. Her response to a call involving an obese patient left her with a severe back injury. She has had to undergo several back surgeries and been bed-ridden many times. She had to give up a career she loved and will spend the rest of her life with chronic back pain.
I don’t blame the doctor one bit.
How tall is she. At 6 feet she would be a little overweight according to the BMI chart. At the 95th percentile height of 5 foot 9 she would not be clinically obese. At the 5th percentile height of 4 foot 11 she would be very round (BMI 40).
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