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In a news story that has swept the nation, a Massachusetts doctor is facing scrutiny after it's come to light that she will not treat patients weighing over 200 lbs.
When Ida Davidson was turned away from the office of Dr. Helen Carter, she was outraged. At 246 lbs, she was obese - but had never expected to be refused care because of her weight.
Dr. Carter maintains that due to multiple injuries suffered by members of her staff while caring for overweight patients, she's made it a policy in her office to simply refuse those overweight patients outright. Since the spring, she has been instead referring these patients to a weight center at the nearby UMass Memorial Hospital, which she says is better equipped to handle obese patients.
While Davidson might be outraged, Dr. Carter's policy is completely legal and within her rights as a doctor, says the American Medical Association.
Legal, yes - though it may cost her some patients and has certainly garnered her a tremendous amount of bad press. Time will tell if this proves to be a good business decision for Dr. Carter, while many in the country are just wrestling with the ethics of it all and wondering how much sense it makes for a doctor to refuse to treat an overweight patient - presumably a person who is at high-risk for many health ailments.
Read this article for more:
Woman Outraged by Doctor's Refusal to See Obese Patients
We want to know what YOU think about this story. Sound off in the comments below to share your opinion on whether it's ethical or realistic for a doctor to refuse to treat anyone over 200 lbs.
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