Doctors "fire" patients who refuse vaccines for their children: Ethical?

Feb 16, 2012 Full story: CBS News 29

That's the extreme step some pediatricians are taking when it comes to dealing with parents who won't get their children vaccinated over concerns the injections cause autism or other side effects.

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MATL-BCBA

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#1 Feb 16, 2012
Speaking as a non medical professional whose father is an MD, I can only point out that I have been told it would be unethical and improper (against insurance requirements and hospital policy) for a doctor to continue to serve a client who will not follow medical advice.

Personal views on vaccination aside, I think the cited case above is a bit more extreme then a patient going off medication when they have lupis or some other terminal illness. I can however understand a doctors trepidation and preference to transfer someone to another doctors case load, especially to a doctor with specialist training to recognized early symptoms of some of the often terminal and or degenerative illnesses that the vaccines are designed to prevent.

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#2 Feb 17, 2012
It's not so extreme. If there is older patients in the waiting room with pertussis or the measles and another patient is there with their new born 2 week check up, not yet old even enough for either vaccines and contracts either disease and dies, who is responible? The parents of that child for exposing others, or the doctor who allowed them in the office? There's 10 dead babies in California who contracted pertussis from other unvaccinated people. I'd not take my child to a doctor who didn't consider the risks of their waiting rooms.

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#5 Feb 18, 2012
Cant be fear mongering when it actually happened. That would be called facts, of which you have a habit of denying.
Vaccines Maim Kill

Winnipeg, Canada

#6 Feb 18, 2012
I guess FREEDOM OF CHOICE isn't allowed in America, or its that there are some substanard doctors who think they are lord and master over their patients. Most likely its their greed and nonvaxxers make them no cash, so they reject them.
Shows something about these doctors thats disturbing. They should be sent to Britain to face a kangaroo court.

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#7 Feb 18, 2012
Freedom of choice also extends to doctors, hello.
Vaccines Autism

Winnipeg, Canada

#8 Feb 19, 2012
friend wrote:
Freedom of choice also extends to doctors, hello.
Then they need to practice it too HELLO!!

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#9 Feb 19, 2012
Vaccines Maim Kill wrote:
I guess FREEDOM OF CHOICE isn't allowed in America, or its that there are some substanard doctors who think they are lord and master over their patients. Most likely its their greed and nonvaxxers make them no cash, so they reject them.
Shows something about these doctors thats disturbing. They should be sent to Britain to face a kangaroo court.
It is free choice. They are FREE to find another doctor.

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#10 Feb 19, 2012
Sorry, Winnipeg, any doctor can refuse to treat a patient. It's their practice. If a doctor doesn't want an unvaccinated patient in their office, it's their free choice not to treat them.
Vaccine induced autism

Winnipeg, Canada

#11 Feb 19, 2012
Brea Ashley wrote:
<quoted text>
It is free choice. They are FREE to find another doctor.
Thanks for the Blonde moment. I would never have thought of that
Vaccine induced autism

Winnipeg, Canada

#12 Feb 19, 2012
friend wrote:
Sorry, Winnipeg, any doctor can refuse to treat a patient. It's their practice. If a doctor doesn't want an unvaccinated patient in their office, it's their free choice not to treat them.
So whats the issue then, just to criticize anyone who doesn't bow to the almighty doctors and vaccine injury? Leave the parents who excercise free choice alone then.

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#13 Feb 19, 2012
The issue issue the complainers who don't think a doctor has the right to say 'find another doctor'.

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#15 Feb 20, 2012
Vaccine induced autism wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks for the Blonde moment. I would never have thought of that
no problem :)

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#16 Feb 20, 2012
Plenty of doctors out there. Try the Geier's or Eisenstein.

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#18 Feb 20, 2012
Obviously you don't understand the issue, the right of a doctor to 'fire' patients. Not sure why any one would even argue that when doctor and patients don't agree (and often they do not) that either cant end the service. Either can.
Get used to the idea.
Just imagine how many quack docs this open doors for.
Vaccines Cause Autism

Winnipeg, Canada

#19 Feb 21, 2012
friend wrote:
Obviously you don't understand the issue, the right of a doctor to 'fire' patients. Not sure why any one would even argue that when doctor and patients don't agree (and often they do not) that either cant end the service. Either can.
Get used to the idea.
Just imagine how many quack docs this open doors for.
The biggest Quack is you. Whats the Doctor's oath? First do no harm. Threatening a patient or the parents of a child does harm. Kick these dumbo doctors in the groin.

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#20 Feb 21, 2012
More violence from the anti vaxxer.
Try reading the The Hippocratic Oath. First is:
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

Another good one is:
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

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#22 Feb 21, 2012
Doctors aren't causing autism.

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#24 Feb 21, 2012
Doctors are still not causing autism, and vaccines have not been found to cause autism.
Nice try.

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#26 Feb 22, 2012
Conspiracy is all that is. Fact still remains, vaccines have not been found to cause autism. But again, it has nothing to do with this topic.

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#28 Feb 22, 2012
No, that isn't the truth. The only difference is you refuse to acknowledge any study that doesn't lean toward your theory. That's why you only have Wakefield to cling to.

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