This rude doctor refused care for an overweight patient! (VIDEO)

Say WHAT?! A doctor in Massachusetts has just become the #1 idiot on my list for refusing to treat a patient because the woman is overweight.

Mind you, Ida Davidson, who admits that her weight goes up and down, is over 200 pounds--but she's not exactly HUGE! Never mind, aren't doctors actually supposed to be helping people? This woman clearly just wanted some medical assistance and thedoctor's refusal is just, well, downright WRONG—even if the American medical Association's Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs says it's okay.


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Their policy reads that "physicians do not give up their freedom of association by merely becoming professionals", which basically means that they can deny anyone service. Now, I can understand them wanting to have that protection just in case, but when is it too much if a doctor is turning down a patient that needs their care? I mean, seriously, why did you become a doctor in the first place?!

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The story of Ida and her potential physician, Dr. Helen M. Carter, makes me really, really sad. It would have been one thing if the doctor recommended a better place for Ida or gave her tips on how to lose weight so that she could be better treated, but Ida believes that "I may be high risk for her and too much work." I  mean, yeah, it's a liability issue but it still makes me sick to my stomach that this jerk doctor refused patient care. How is she supposed to ever get healthier if doctor's can just refuse to treat her for ANYTHING?!

Do you think this doctor was right to refuse treatment to an overweight patient? Share with us in the comments below!

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Topics: overweight  latino health  health care


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on Aug 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM
A few years ago a neuro surgeon said to me "I won't do surgery on you until you lose weight and once you lose weight I won't do surgery on you because you won't need it anymore". And that was that. He didn't tell me 'follow this diet' or 'go see this nutritionist'. Once I walked out of his office I was on my own. I had to FIND OUT how to lose weight, how to keep it off if I wanted to live without back pain. Its been more than 6 years and I feel great!! I seriously believe that's a big problem with our society, we walk around pointing fingers and looking for 'the one who's making me feel bad' when in reality each one of us is the creator of our own circumstances. If that woman was denied medical treatment because she was over weight she should start by switching to a HEALTHIER life style. It's not about being 'lean and beautiful' its about ditching the 'quick and easy' for the HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS -which is also quick, easy and delicious!!
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