Friday, August 10, 2012

Editorials Agree: Don't “Gag” Doctors

Today, both the Austin American-Statesman and the San Antonio Express-News agreed with Texas doctors’ decision to speak out to protect the patient-physician relationship. The two newspapers ran editorials in favor of protecting doctors’ ability to talk with their patients on tough and difficult matters.

From the Austin American-Statesman:

“Doctors must be free to be direct with their patients, and conversations between doctors and patients must be protected. ... Any rule that causes a doctor to be less than frank with a patient violates a doctor’s ethical obligations, jeopardizes a patient's trust in her doctor, infringes on a doctor’s First Amendment rights and could invite a malpractice lawsuit.”
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From the San Antonio Express-News:

“The docs correctly read this as overly broad, as interfering with the patient-doctor relationship. They view it as potentially jeopardizing health. ... The docs, in their letter, hit the nail on the head: ‘Whether the issue is guns, smoking, illicit drugs, abortion, or any other controversial issue, the politics du jour should not interfere with the patient-physician relationship.’”
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