I've been hearing a lot about this situation
being in Canada myself
just to clarify , if the patients are upset with his ultimatum they can file a greivance of sorts with the board of physicians in manitoba etc
no one has commented as to whether or not anyone has just yet though.
In a way I see the drs frustration and point etc, but where is the line drawn? does he have the same policy for alcoholics etc?
if you look at it , smoking is an addiction, why is it okay to abandon pts with a smoking addiction as a opposed to an overeating addiction, or drug abuse /alcoholism
I am a non smoker , with significant asthma so I value these lungs of mine, but I just dont think we should give MD's that kind of power.....
think of all the years he saw those patients, they contributed greatly no doubt to the money he received as income etc
its not an easy topic to tackle, but it just seems like although his frustrations are understandable, it seems unrealistic to give ultimatums like that to patients, if more Dr's adopted this train of thought , we'd be in real trouble
lets say youre a smoker,so dr ross wont see you, then some of his collegues follow suit, so on so forth, thats neglectful in my opinion, everyone deserves the same kind of medical care
being that he is in private practice he probably has more of an ability to do this, but still, it feels wrong.