Imagine being turned away from seeing an OB-GYN because you didn’t meet the weight requirement.
Well, if you live in South Florida you may want to hop on the scale before heading to the doctor as a number of practices are rejecting patients that are overweight or obese.
While some doctors argue that their equipment is not able to accommodate these women, others admit it is because these patients are at a higher risk of complications.
Doctors are permitted to drop patients if they believe they lack the medial skills to treat them, “but decisions about patients typically are made after assessing the individual’s condition during an exam, not by ruling out an entire group,” said Dr. Robert Yelverton, a board member of the Florida Obstetric Gynecologic Society.
If a woman needs to see a specialist because of her weight that’s one thing, but denying a woman care simply because she is overweight or obese is discrimination.
“Overweight people need doctors. I don’t know where a patient in that situation would go if every practice had that policy,” said Yelverton.
A doctors job is meant to heal and provide care for patients, not alienate an entire group of people who may need care the most.
What do you think? Should OB-GYNs reject patients based on their weight?
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