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FL Ob-Gyns Refuse Overweight Patients

From South Florida’s Sun Sentinel:

Some ob-gyns in South Florida turn away overweight women

Ethics advocates call practice disturbing

May 16, 2011|By Bob LaMendola, Sun Sentinel

In a nation with 93 million obese people, a few ob-gyn doctors in South Florida now refuse to see otherwise healthy women solely because they are overweight.

Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight cut-offs for new patients starting at 200 pounds or based on measures of obesity — and turn down women who are heavier.

Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can’t handle people over a certain weight. But at least six said they were trying to avoid obese patients because they have a higher risk of complications.

"People don’t realize the risk we’re taking by taking care of these patients," said Dr. Albert Triana, whose two-physician practice in South Miami declines patients classified as obese. "There’s more risk of something going wrong and more risk of getting sued. Everything is more complicated with an obese patient in GYN surgeries and in [pregnancies]."

Are there now ‘weight panels’?

Plantation ob-gyn partners Jeffrey Solomon and Isabel Otero-Echandi turn down any woman weighing more than 250 pounds.

Turning down overweight people is not illegal for doctors, but the policy worried leaders of physician groups, medical ethics experts and advocates for the obese, all of whom said it violates the spirit of the medical profession…

Really? Just wait until Obama-Care really gets going.

So far, the weight cutoffs have been enacted only by South Florida ob-gyns, who have long complained of high numbers of lawsuits after difficult births and high rates for medical-malpractice insurance. More than half go without coverage.

That’s pretty shocking in itself. But we must never blame the lawyers. Or the people who sue.

Ob-gyns for years have declined to see pregnant women who are overweight, typically sending them to specialists. It’s new for them to turn down overweight women who are not pregnant, physician groups said…

A spokesman for the Obesity Action Coalition in Tampa said the restrictions sound like discrimination.

"This completely goes against the principles of being a doctor," James Zervios said. "Health care professionals are there to help individuals improve their quality of health, not stigmatize them according to their weight."

So the same doctors who turn away overweight people because of the risk of lawsuits from complications, will probably be sued for discrimination.

What a world.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “FL Ob-Gyns Refuse Overweight Patients”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    If the Rosie O’Donnels, RoseAnne Barrs and Janet Napflactuanto can sue their OBGYN’s, what will stop them from suing the grocer for selling them the Ice cream, cakes and the half steer on the hoof?
    Push away from the jelly donuts and for Gods sake…..wrap that rascal!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      It is…somewhat disconcerting….that these women…..get pregnant. I know how it happens but still….how does this happen?

  2. proreason says:

    Does the racism never end?

  3. tranquil.night says:

    Yeah, why are we discriminating based on food orientation? Do Liberal’s not believe the Constitution defends one’s right to be married to burgers and pastries?

  4. beautyofreason says:

    I used to know of a local gynecologist in North Florida who retired early due to the cost of insurance. She said that her malpractice insurance had gone from around 30,000 a year to over 100,000, to the point where it was no longer worthwhile to stay in business. Seems like a waste, thanks to excessive malpractice payouts and sue-happy lawyers. Every time I see advertisements on the television that say “get what you deserve” if a specific medication ends up with side effects I wonder if it will reach a point where drug developers decide not to create new medications due to the constant threat of litigation. Nobody gets sued if a patient gets sick and dies from natural causes, even if there is a better medication on the horizon. Sad.

    • dscam says:

      I’m pretty well convinced that what you’re talking about with respect to drug companies is already happening. It takes millions of dollars and years of effort to get something cleared by the FDA. Why would you bother, even if your drug was a miracle cure, if it was going to be, for example, a cheap, one-time injection that cured AIDS/cancer/syphillus/typhoid/etc? Drug companies are businesses, and the potential profits of a drug have to offset the ludicrous overhead costs imposed by the FDA.

      Ever heard of the Sensor Pad? If you haven’t, you can read the whole story here: http://www.fdareview.org/devices.shtml. Too lazy? Basically, it’s two sheets of plastic sandwhiching a silicon gel. You slap it on the breast, and because your fingers glide over the skin better, women are able to more easily identify lumps during self-exams. The FDA classified this as a high-risk, Class III device, and demanded clinical trials to show that the product decreased the mortality of breast cancer. Oddly, the company who invented the Sensor Pad opted not to spend literally millions on this product. Instead, they just started handing them out. The FDA _confiscated_ the pads, in name of public safety. True story. Your tax dollars at work, folks.

    • TerryAnne says:

      People need to start sueing the FDA instead. There are tons of reports of them shoving things through without proper screening. Tons of people blame the drug companies, but I don’t. The FDA has made it a bear for them, which they then have to pass on to the customer in the way of $100/pill drugs.

  5. mathews says:

    Completely understand the cause, it’s because of the heavy lip lifting. No worries Congress will enact another law, or an Executive Order issued to cover the fatties.

  6. GetBackJack says:

    William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Act IV, Scene II — “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers”.

    There’s good reason to rid ourselves of this pestilent profession. Throughout Western history the accepted (and bull***t) story line is that the Jews killed the Son of God at Golgotha. That’s not true. It was the scribes and the Pharisees who produced the reasoning for the Sanhedrin to go about it’s grisly business.

    And you may or may not know, but scribes then are we call lawyers, now.

    Yes, they copied the Torah and books of Prophets and Wisdom, etc, ever so skillfully so as to not alter in even the slightest every utterance of scripture. But … when you wanted to know what The Law (Torah) had to say on a topic, an occasion, or how to interpret the Law for a given circumstance, you went to the men who handled the Law every day.

    The scribes.

    Shakespeare was right.

    It was lawyers who killed the Savior of the world, the Son of God, God Incarnate.

    • preparing4theworst says:

      You know, about 20 years ago a friend showed me an article/study which showed that as the number of lawyers in a society increased the GNP decreased….so a couple of months ago I did a little research and there are new studies out that show the exact same thing…..curious huh??

  7. oldpuppydixie says:

    “…a higher risk of COMPLICATIONS…” TRANSLATED–LAWSUITS!!!!!!!

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