Can Doctors Refuse to Treat Overweight Patients? [VIDEO]
The answer is ‘yes’, and Ida Davidson is proof. Davidson admits that she’s a little overweight, but was shocked when her primary care doctor terminated her as a patient, because she weights more than 200 pounds.
It’s perfectly legal. The American Medical Association says doctors and patients can “exercise freedom in choosing with whom to enter into a patient-physician relationship.”
Dr. Helen Carter of Worcester, Massachusetts said it’s “a matter of self preservation for herself and her employees,” and goes on to say that she “doesn’t consider it discriminatory,” because rejected patients are free to find alternatives.
The Center For Disease Control says that one-third of adult Americans are considered obese.
Is it fair? Should physicians be allowed to refuse treating patients simply because they are overweight?