Florida doctor: No, I’m not really going to refuse treatment to people who support ObamaCare

posted at 7:30 pm on April 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

We already knew that, actually, but I think the point’s been subsumed in the debate over whether and when it’s ethical not to treat a patient. Gotta say, for once I’m surprised at the results of one of our reader polls. Yes, the guy has a right to free speech, but not even a teensy bit of discomfort at this? For one thing, not everyone who comes to his office and sees that sign will necessarily understand it to mean “yes, I’ll treat you, but I’d prefer that you look elsewhere.” Some (especially the elderly and uneducated) may interpret it as a flat refusal; if there are no other urologists nearby, finding treatment from another doctor could become a burden. Beyond that, and purely from the standpoint of self-interest, a stunt like this invites reprisal. Most doctors won’t follow his lead, but some may, if only to retaliate — and not all of them will be on our side. Do you want to have to lie about your politics just to get your bladder checked out by the nearest available specialist? How about we do what we do now: Treat everyone and let doctors use the fees they collect from patients to donate to the causes and candidates of their choice. Good enough?


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Wow. that was moderated?

DaveC on April 3, 2010 at 6:38 PM

AP, Don’t be a pu–

Do you want to have to lie about your politics just to get your bladder checked out by the nearest available specialist? How about we do what we do now: Treat everyone and let doctors use the fees they collect from patients to donate to the causes and candidates of their choice. Good enough?

–ssy

DaveC on April 3, 2010 at 6:42 PM

I don’t know what the fuss is about. The man is an American, and has rights. Just because he is a doctor doesn’t mean that he is obligated to be the punching bag of the world.

Anyone remember when doctors in a Nevada community refused to treat the family of a lawyer that specialized in medical malpractice cases? Bully for them and bully for this guy.

pelajus on April 3, 2010 at 10:28 PM

So it’s okay for the AMA to play politics by supporting Obama’s socialized medicine, but it’s not okay for an individual Doctor to fight back politically in very modest means? Chances are, any prospective patient who turns himself away after reading the sign can find a dozen urologists in the yellow pages (but is that how you want to pick your Doctor?) People thinks it’s talk radio that’s getting folks angry about Obamacare…..it isn’t….it’s doctors talking to patients on a daily basis about what a Big F**king Disaster Obamacare is.

olesparkie on April 5, 2010 at 8:19 AM

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