Not really surprising. When I go in for my annual physical here in Vermont, I get a list of questions to answer. My doctor is very good, and not a nutcase, but I believe the questionaire was developed by the Vermont medical association, or whatever it’s called.
It asks if you drink or smoke. For some years now it asks if you own a gun. recently it asks if you have throw rugs in the house, or furniture in your path as you go through a room. And of course it asks a number of obvious health and medical questions.
I would suggest that everybody just check NO on the gun, since all this stuff now goes into computers and is passed on to the government. Even if you’re a registered gun owner, this may make the information more easily available; and I don’t think there is any legal penalty for refusing to ‘fess up.
I don’t like to lie, but saying “N/A” or “none of your business” calls attention to yourself, and refusing the truth to a tyrannical government is not really morally culpable, I don’t think.
“I dont like to lie, but saying N/A or none of your business calls attention to yourself, and refusing the truth to a tyrannical government is not really morally culpable, I dont think.”
A Freeper on a previous thread made a comment on how to respond to doctors asking about having guns in the home to which I fully agree.
“Doctor, I do not discuss my personal or family security measures with anyone other than family members.”
If a doctor presses me, then I will assert my rights under the Fourth Amendment: “The right of people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
The doctor will have to show me a Law Enforcement Officer’s Badge and a Warrant for his “unreasonable search.”
I have no problem lying. I’ve never been asked about firearms but I’ll answer the same as I do about smoking or drinking. NO! Even tho I have an occasional cigar and wine or beer almost daily. I happen to believe beer and wine are quite healthy for a person but moron doctors don’t see it that way.
You're not obligated to provide information to anyone who has no right to it, especially if their use of it could possibly harm you at some later time. So, lie away!
You know, I’m in MN, and I’m starting to see this, too. Suddenly, the questionnaire’s seem very strange. I told a receptionist Friday that I had left some questions unanswered because it seemed to me that they were not pertinent to developing a picture of my health. She said, “That’s OK. We’re just trying to get to know you better.” It seemed ominous. Later, a nurse asked me some questions, too. I really felt like I was being spied on, like I was going to be reported to attackwatch.com. It was all freaky. Thanks for your post.
Call attention to myself by not answering if I have throw rugs? Fine.