An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 10 May 2011
With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Florida is positioned to become the first state in the nation to prohibit physicians from asking patients if they have guns in their homes, a move some doctors say will interfere with health care.
The Florida Senate passed House Bill 155 last month by a 27-10 vote and the measure now awaits the signature of Republican Gov. Rick Scott. If signed, it would ban doctors from asking about the presence of guns or ammunition in the home.
Republican State Rep. Jason Brodeur, a sponsor of the bill, proposed the legislation following an incident in which a Florida pediatrician told a mother to find another doctor when she refused to answer questions about guns in her home.
Supporters of the legislation, including the National Rifle Association, say they’re seeking to stop doctors from invading their privacy. Critics of the bill, however, claim that doctors need to ask patients about guns to ensure their safety and to make sure they remain out of the reach of children.
Odd. I don’t see anything in either the classical or modern Hippocratic oaths that says anything about such an intrusion. As a matter of fact, just the opposite:
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. (emphasis mine)
Respecting the privacy of others would include not intruding into their privacy. Not to mention that little thing called the 2nd Amendment, which gives citizens the RIGHT to keep and bear arms. Didn’t see anything in that either that states I, or anyone else, would have to answer such a question from a doctor. Frankly, it’s none of their damn business. Contrary to what many doctors would like to believe, they are NOT God. Whether or not there are weapons in a home has nothing to do with “compassionately and effectively care for children“.