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Report: Doctors Refusing to Treat Overweight Patients
cnsnews.com ^ | May 17, 2011 | Susan Jones

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: healthcare; obesity; obstetrics; physicians
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1 posted on 05/17/2011 7:58:51 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

It probably isn’t due to the weight, but the insurance.


2 posted on 05/17/2011 8:00:10 AM PDT by Jonty30
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To: ilovesarah2012
STOP GIVING FOOD STAMPS TO FAT PEOPLE !!!
3 posted on 05/17/2011 8:00:41 AM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: ilovesarah2012
We have an employee where I work who is stunningly obese. She would have to buy two airline seats if she ever flew because there is NO WAY she would fit in one seat. I just found out recently she is pregnant; though you would not notice because she is so huge. She is also diabetic.

She recently announced her intention to cancel her insurance and go on medicaid.

4 posted on 05/17/2011 8:02:30 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Hoodat

Yeah cause only Americans on food stamps are fat!!!


5 posted on 05/17/2011 8:03:33 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

so it’s actually obese patients... not simply overweight patients...


6 posted on 05/17/2011 8:03:44 AM PDT by latina4dubya ( self-proclaimed tequila snob)
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To: ilovesarah2012

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


7 posted on 05/17/2011 8:05:07 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: Sans-Culotte

unreal....


8 posted on 05/17/2011 8:05:07 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: ilovesarah2012
Do they ban drug users, smokers, and drinkers, and those who are significantly underweight, too? All of those behaviors significantly increase potential complications of pregnancy.
9 posted on 05/17/2011 8:05:36 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: Hoodat

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.


10 posted on 05/17/2011 8:05:40 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Hoodat
STOP GIVING FOOD STAMPS TO FAT PEOPLE !!!

Fixed it.

11 posted on 05/17/2011 8:05:55 AM PDT by from occupied ga
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


12 posted on 05/17/2011 8:06:24 AM PDT by rokkitapps
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To: Jonty30

It’s the weight that causes the complications that motivate the lawsuits that drive the insurance rates.


13 posted on 05/17/2011 8:06:34 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Jonty30

Yep - I believe that OB’s and Anesthesiologists have very high malpractice rates.


14 posted on 05/17/2011 8:06:34 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Sans-Culotte

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?!


15 posted on 05/17/2011 8:06:40 AM PDT by TSgt ("Some folks just need killin'" - Sling Blade (2006))
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To: stevie_d_64

Right on, friend!


16 posted on 05/17/2011 8:07:48 AM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Try this approach with AIDS patients. Their disease is also caused by behavior.
17 posted on 05/17/2011 8:08:34 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: ilovesarah2012
Regulation and cost control. We can see the heavy hand of government health care here.

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.

18 posted on 05/17/2011 8:09:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: ilovesarah2012
How about ...

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.

19 posted on 05/17/2011 8:09:48 AM PDT by from occupied ga
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To: ilovesarah2012

There are always veterinarians........


20 posted on 05/17/2011 8:12:47 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: ilovesarah2012
Tough issue here. When people are not held accountable for their choices, sooner or later, something gives. Same can be said when you transfer all risk and others have to pick up the mess that is created. Where do we draw the line between compassion and common sense?
21 posted on 05/17/2011 8:13:23 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Haven’t you ever seen the fine print under the Hippocratic oath?—”no fat chicks”.


22 posted on 05/17/2011 8:14:05 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: from occupied ga

Then go collect on the false SS promises from whomever made them and supported the involuntary participation in the program.


23 posted on 05/17/2011 8:15:27 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: LuvFreeRepublic

“Where do we draw the line between compassion and common sense?”

To liberals it all depends on how you vote.


24 posted on 05/17/2011 8:16:37 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: outpostinmass2

Bingo - Male homosexuals are HIGH risk but insurance companies will NEVER increase their rates !


25 posted on 05/17/2011 8:17:23 AM PDT by Reagan69 (If it ain't broke, the government will fix it till it is.)
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To: Reagan69
Very costly as well and they will live for decades needing millions in health-care.

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.

26 posted on 05/17/2011 8:23:55 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: ilovesarah2012
There are many reasons for the obesity problem...
1. Inactivity
2. It is very expensive to eat healthy. Cheap fast food is just crap that fills the hunger.
3. Education. The lower the education... the fatter the person.
4. Laziness. It's easier to go to fast food than make something healthy for the family. Momma don't miss her soaps...My son's wife is too damn lazy to get up and feed the kids a health dinner. So the kids are over weight from drive through diet.
5.Genetics... Some(very few) people are born with a fat gene.baby 1
27 posted on 05/17/2011 8:24:38 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: ilovesarah2012; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; ...
RE :”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.
It is not illegal for doctors to refuse overweight patients, but it has medical ethicists worried. So far, the weight cutoffs have been enacted only by South Florida ob-gyns, who have long complained about high numbers of lawsuits after difficult births and high rates for medical-malpractice insurance.

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?

28 posted on 05/17/2011 8:25:52 AM PDT by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


29 posted on 05/17/2011 8:26:13 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Jonty30

Eventually only perfect people will be deemed worthy of treatment.


30 posted on 05/17/2011 8:28:01 AM PDT by Pining_4_TX
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To: Pining_4_TX

That’s pretty much where I see it headed, too.


31 posted on 05/17/2011 8:29:32 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Hoodat
STOP GIVING FOOD STAMPS TO FAT PEOPLE !!!

There, fixed it.

32 posted on 05/17/2011 8:30:35 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The 'Affirmative Action' pResident that destroyed America)
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To: Hoodat

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.


33 posted on 05/17/2011 8:30:56 AM PDT by dforest
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To: ilovesarah2012; All

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.


34 posted on 05/17/2011 8:31:54 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: from occupied ga
Nope, the money they took was real. If I had been allowed to save that as well I would be far better off now.

I expect the government to hold a garage sale and...

PAY ME MY MONEY PLUS A RESONABLE RATE OF INTEREST!

35 posted on 05/17/2011 8:34:54 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The 'Affirmative Action' pResident that destroyed America)
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To: ilovesarah2012
and more risk of getting sued

Ah, the nut.

36 posted on 05/17/2011 8:35:21 AM PDT by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: sickoflibs

Have to wonder how some of those women got pregnant in the first place!


37 posted on 05/17/2011 8:43:20 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Scotsman will be Free

Normal weight women never have complications with pregnancies or birth, right?


38 posted on 05/17/2011 8:45:20 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

“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.


39 posted on 05/17/2011 8:46:13 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Poor history is better than good fiction, and anything with lots of horses is better still)
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To: TSgt

Why doesn’t the government just declare tobacco illegal?


40 posted on 05/17/2011 8:46:39 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: American Quilter
All of those behaviors significantly increase potential complications of pregnancy.

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.

41 posted on 05/17/2011 8:46:42 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Pining_4_TX

Hitler would be proud.


42 posted on 05/17/2011 8:49:00 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: baddog 219
Laziness. It's easier to go to fast food than make something healthy for the family. Momma don't miss her soaps...My son's wife is too damn lazy to get up and feed the kids a health dinner. So the kids are over weight from drive through diet.

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.

43 posted on 05/17/2011 8:50:14 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: indylindy
If a recipient is homeless, where are they supposed to cook?
44 posted on 05/17/2011 8:51:57 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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RE :”Have to wonder how some of those women got pregnant in the first place!

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.

45 posted on 05/17/2011 8:53:07 AM PDT by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: ilovesarah2012

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


46 posted on 05/17/2011 8:55:29 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: ilovesarah2012

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 egg
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.


47 posted on 05/17/2011 8:57:01 AM PDT by SaintDismas
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


48 posted on 05/17/2011 8:58:16 AM PDT by dforest
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To: MEGoody
Will these same doctors refuse to see women of normal weight who have problems carrying a baby?

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.

49 posted on 05/17/2011 8:58:22 AM PDT by LuvFreeRepublic (Support our military or leave. I will help you pack BO!)
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To: ilovesarah2012

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.


50 posted on 05/17/2011 9:01:27 AM PDT by WaterBoard
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