Skip to comments.Report: Doctors Refusing to Treat Overweight Patients
Posted on 05/17/2011 7:58:48 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight limits for new patients. Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can't handle people over a certain weight, but at least six said heavy women run a higher risk of complications.
"People don't realize the risk we're taking by taking care of these patients," the newspaper quoted Dr. Albert Triana of South Miami as saying. "There's more risk of something going wrong and more risk of getting sued. Everything is more complicated with an obese patient in GYN surgeries and in [pregnancies]," he told the newspaper.
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It probably isn’t due to the weight, but the insurance.
She recently announced her intention to cancel her insurance and go on medicaid.
Yeah cause only Americans on food stamps are fat!!!
so it’s actually obese patients... not simply overweight patients...
Good thing I am not pregnant...
But my cardiologist loves what I am doing to make myself better!!!
People are not going to recognize me in a few months...hehehe
How about only letting the fat people buy fruits and vegetables and lean cuts of meat? Make them weigh in each month before adding money to their EBT cards. Make them wear a pedometer to make sure they are getting the required exercise prescribed by the government. Don’t give fat people social security checks because they are obviously a drain on our economy. The sooner they die, the better. And make those living in Section 8 housing take a weekly drug test. If they fail, kick them out on the street immediately. If it is someone’s child, have police patrol the home to make sure the child does not come back into the house.
Oh yeah, and make GE pay taxes.
Won’t this cut out a lot of sub-saharan-african-american patients? I haven’t seen a pregnant black female that didn’t look at least 250.
It’s the weight that causes the complications that motivate the lawsuits that drive the insurance rates.
Yep - I believe that OB’s and Anesthesiologists have very high malpractice rates.
Ah yes...”THE CAID” as my healthcare professional wife calls it.
She had a patient the other day who informed her that he couldn’t pay for his heart medication. He just received 4 stints.
She noticed on his chart that he was previously on a nicotine patch. He told her, “there’s no way I’m quitting smoking, I enjoy it far too much.”
We are not only paying for his medication but also for his cigs.
Isn’t America great?!
Right on, friend!
This isn't exactly a Death Panel, but the concept is the same. "Sorry, Ma'am, given your situation, the regulations say that I cannot give you medical care."
Hold on. It will get worse.
How about just ending welfare? For everyone.
I don't consider SS to be welfare, because of the (false) promises made by the government to the (involuntary) participants in the scheme.
There are always veterinarians........
Haven’t you ever seen the fine print under the Hippocratic oath?—”no fat chicks”.
Then go collect on the false SS promises from whomever made them and supported the involuntary participation in the program.
“Where do we draw the line between compassion and common sense?”
To liberals it all depends on how you vote.
Bingo - Male homosexuals are HIGH risk but insurance companies will NEVER increase their rates !
If you want to be really politically incorrect women on average typically cost double in health-care what men cost over a lifetime. I know they were born that way but facts are facts.
I read something interesting a few years ago:
Obese women were more likely to have babies suffering from spina bifida, heart defects, malformations connected to the genitals and bowels, missing toes, fingers, arms or legs, a hole in a diaphragm, navel defects and a condition called gastroschisis where organs protrude through the abdominal wall. At : Birth defects more common with fat mothers (07 Aug 2007)
In the USA you know who gets sued for birth defects?
I wonder how far this could go? For example, will OB/GYN’s stop taking patients who are pregnant and older than 30? 40? A cut off of sorts? If you are thin, pregnant but smoke.. are they acceptable? How about thin, pregnant, but is Bipolar? Just a thought.
Eventually only perfect people will be deemed worthy of treatment.
That’s pretty much where I see it headed, too.
If the gubmint really wanted to reduce obesity in food stamp recipients it would be quite easy.
Quit allowing them to purchase preprepared foods and baked goods.
Free food should be food they have to get off their wazoos to prepare themselves since they don’t appear to be doing much else other than eating. Most of them already get free breakfast, lunch and dinner from their school systems for the kids year round. All that does is leave more free food gluttoney for Mom or Dad.
They could quit allowing them to buy fast food and pizza with those ebt cards too. They can even use their ebts at Costco now. Geesh.
But the government won’t do this because the free food crowd would scream and not vote for the democrats.
Let us not forget the illustrious lawyers involved here, like John Edwards who single handedly eliminated charity prenatal care in the Carolinas, joining the ranks of world renown socialist DemoRat Presidential candidates by doing so.
I expect the government to hold a garage sale and...
PAY ME MY MONEY PLUS A RESONABLE RATE OF INTEREST!
Ah, the nut.
Have to wonder how some of those women got pregnant in the first place!
Normal weight women never have complications with pregnancies or birth, right?
“Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can’t handle people over a certain weight”
They aren’t refusing treatment for someone 50 lbs overweight. The article doesn’t mention a cut-off, but my wife working as a nurse sees a lot of patients over 400 lbs...and I think most tables are rated at the 4-500 range.
Why doesn’t the government just declare tobacco illegal?
Yep. As does certain strenuous exercise which is supposedly a good thing.
I can see the doctor saying "I can't do the usual thus and so because of your weight and the limitations of equipment. If you want me to treat you, you must sign this waiver." Otherwise, fat people shouldn't be singled out any more than any other person who participates in some "risky" behavior.
Will these same doctors refuse to see women of normal weight who have problems carrying a baby? Doubtful.
Hitler would be proud.
I don't disagree. But men whose wives work need to take some of this responsibility as well. If you want the money for the fun toys, gotta share in the responsibilities at home.
Not a pretty thought.
I know a Health and Fitness club that used to sponsor ‘Special Olympics’ nights for kids and the Mom's (almost no dads) mostly all pretty fat would bring the kids in and sit and talk, and eat, while someone else got their kids to exercises. I would think of these studies and wonder why they would just sit. They would use the handi-cap spots too so they didnt have to walk across a parking lot.
This is being overhyped
it sounds like a local/regional professional response to protect their medical practices from lawsuits by morbidly obese hi-risk OB patients (probably on welfare) and ambulance chasing lawyers
With food prices going the way they are, those people may not be fat for long.
Seriously though, I have been dieting since 1-26-2011 and have lost 31 pounds. Most of that time I have been on Dr. Atkins diet. I am not deprived, I’m not even hungry. I don’t take my BP meds anymore either, my BP is normal. I’ve never eaten more vegetables in my life.
This is what I eat for breakfast except for on weekends when I eat this plus 4 peices of bacon and 2 eggs:
(Place all dry ingredients in your coffee mug first)
2 really heaping tablespoons flaxseed meal
1 pkg. Stevia
1/2 tsp. baking powder (not soda!)
2 tsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. of cinnamon or other flavoring of your choice
Mix thouroughly, pop into your microwave for 1 minute, instant bread have ye. It’s wonderful and keeps me going til about 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Wal-mart has a wonderful cocunut oil (stays solid like lard) that I put in my coffee. I do that for 2 reasons, it is a dense food and keeps you from being hungry, and it adds the fat to your diet you need to lose weight on a low carb diet.
I could go on and on, but I’m almost convinced that the food industry is in cahoots with the medical establishment to keep from the consuming public why everyone is so dang fat, and it ain’t fat in the diet, it’s excess carbohydrates and sugar. SUGAR IS THE BANE OF MANKIND -— PERIOD!!! It should be labeled as a toxic substance.
People are just not eating food way the Good Lord built us to eat.
Homeless usually go to soup kitchens. Very few food stamp recipients are homeless.
I see food stamp recipients with shelves in their SUV’s to pack in all the food they buy.
I know a person that buys tiger shrimp and crablegs with food stamps.
Good question. There are health issues some people have based on their life styles and then there are health issues or not based on statistics. My sister-in-law had twins at 39. She was in bed or in the hospital for 7 months. Her twins were full term (40 weeks), C-section delivery, and her twins were in the hospital for 2 months after birth. I had twins at 39. Never missed a beat, worked full time, no complications, had them a month early, no c-section and they were home in less than 24 hours after birth and I was in the grocery store. My doctor was shocked at how I had no complications thorough out the pregnancy and delivery. You just never know.
Risk == Fear of ambulance chasing lawyers.
If you broke down most of the ills facing US society, you find the law profession is usually responsible.