Doctors refusing to treat Lawyers - page 3
published on tuesday, june 15, 2004 by the associated press malpractice debate takes ugly turn doctors angrily shout down proposal to deny lawyers health care by don babwin the long-running battle over the high cost of... Read More
- 0Jun 26, '04 by All_Smiles_RNI think the solution is to have some dedicated medical professionals go to law school for the sole purpose of taking on trial lawyers AND the insurance companies. I used to wonder if law was for me, but the unethical qualities that lawyers portray are not for me. Maybe later on in life....
- 0Jun 28, '04 by HeadhurtI can't say as I blame the doctors. How odd would it be to have a lawyer claim you are incompetent oaf in the courtroom one day, and then treat that same lawyer the following day as your patient? If you were a doctor, and your practice has been called into question by a "well get you the settlement you deserve" lawyer, could you really provide impartial care?
We need some serious tort reform. I'm not talking about the patient who had the wrong leg taken off or serious things like that. I'm talking about the pinhead who sues because their needs for hot coffee were not met because you were too busy coding the woman next door.
- 0Jun 30, '04 by mattsmom81I think its reasonable for a physician to say no to caring for certain patients if they feel they would be prejudiced/conflict of interest and might not be objective and professional in their care.
Who would want a doctor (or a nurse) who might not have your best interest at heart? Honesty is probably the lesser of two evils in this situation. If your heart says you cannot provide basic care for someone, for personal reasons whatever, isn't it best for everyone involved to refer to a more appropriate provider?
I think most nurses can relate to being in this kind of situation and asking coworkers support and most of us reciprocate.If a certain family member is hostile to me I would prefer to change assignments. Nor do I have to acept abuse (altho hospitals would prefer I do so...in an angel of mercy fashion <sigh>) Changing providers would likely be in everyone's best interest if its an individual conflict; but yes, I know sometimes we just 'trade off' with difficult patients and families we have today.
But then again I don't see healthcare as a 'right' I or a doctor must provide...it is a privilege IMO. This 'right' business is why we have so many hostile patients and families today IMO. It did NOT used to be this way in years past. Why is it when something becomes a 'right' civility and respect seem go by the wayside?
Of course docs who refuse to treat attorney's family members are just asking for lawsuits and hopefully they're up for that battle.But if they feel strongly they can't provide objective care they may win.
It'll be interesting to see how these cases come out.