HSIEH: WHY DOCTORS SHOULD NOT ASK THEIR PATIENTS ABOUT GUNS

Included among the imperial decrees (i.e. executive orders) issued by our Dear Leader recently was one that will “clarify the Affordable Care Act” to encourage doctors to ask patients if they own guns. Paul Hsieh, in his latest column for Forbes explains why this is such a bad idea:

Doctors already have a professional and legal responsibility to notify the authorities if they believe patients pose an imminent threat to others or themselves. But routine inquiry about gun ownership goes far beyond this obligation.

Why?

Such inquiries will instead only offend and alienate many responsible gun owners, compromising the trust essential to the doctor-patient relationship. Doctors should not put themselves in a position where patients view them as … agents of the government working against their interests.

This is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how the President and the anti-gun lobby are attempting to use ObamaCAre to tamper with the doctor-patient relationship in order to carry out a program that has nothing to do with medicine.

ObamaCare is far more pernicious than any health care “reform” law. It is, and was always intended to be, a wedge that Obama and his accomplices plan to drive between you and your basic liberties. To read the rest of Hsieh’s column, click here.

Comments 3

  1. Paul Hsieh wrote:

    Thanks for the link!

    Posted 24 Jan 2013 at 10:08 pm
  2. Legal Beagle wrote:

    FYI, in the United States, the Federal Rules of Evidence do not recognize doctor-patient privilege. Most states do not recognize doctor-patient privilege except when HIV/AIDS is involved.
    In all reality, a patient should be given a Miranda Warning tailored to the medical tableau. Something like:
    “You have the right to remain silent. If you give up the right to remain silent, anything you say, any exam you allow, or any test performed on you will be used against you in a court of law, medical or criminal.
    You have a right to have an attorney present during all questioning, examinations, and tests. If you cannot afford an attorney, you are advised to end this encounter immediately. The state is under no obligation to provide an attorney for you.”

    Posted 24 Jan 2013 at 10:17 pm
  3. Hal Dall, MD wrote:

    I’ve discussed guns with my patients for years, since this ignorant city-slicker doctor needed instructors.

    Posted 29 Jan 2013 at 5:01 pm

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