SHREWSBURY, MA – In this corner, you have lightweight champion Doctor Helen Carter. And in this corner, heavyweight champ Ida Davidson.
Doctor carter refused to see Davidson because of a new policy at her Massachusetts clinic. She refuses to see patients over 200 pounds!
“She was telling me that she couldn’t care for me because I was over 200 pounds. I mean, I’ve never heard anything like that. I thought doctors were there to help you,” said Davidson.
Point for Davidson.
As for the doctor, she says a few of her staffers have been injured while working with overweight patients.
“There are alternatives there’s an obesity center at UMass better staffed and has more resources than I do,” said Doctor Carter.
Both have valid points. But is this ethical, let alone legal?
Absolutely, according to the American Medical Association. It says both patients and doctors have the freedom to choose with whom they enter into a patient-physician relationship.
“For people who are established patients they’re grandfathered in so it doesn’t apply to them, but I’ve had at least 2 people be very motivated,” said Doctor Carter.
With over two-third of adult Americans either overweight or obese, maybe dropping a few pounds isn’t a bad idea.