Proposed Mandatory Drug Testing For Doctors Won't Work, ACLU Says
A state ballot proposal in California aimed toward making drug tests mandatory for all doctors has been branded "a publicity stunt" by one California Medical Association spokeswoman.
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#1 May 21, 2013
Doctors would leave the state in droves and justifiably so! This sounds like a typical right wing effort to control the personal lives of others!
#2 May 21, 2013
You may be surprised at how manyt doctors suffer from substance abuse.
I used to prosecute them. I can tell you some stories...surgeons shooting up Demerol in the bathroom right before operating...
..neurologists trading prescription drugs for crack and prostitutes...
I'm normally against drug testing but it seems like a good idea to do it for surgeons, at least.
#3 May 21, 2013
I have known a couple of doctors with substance abuse problems. Personally I would feel safer with a surgeon using Demerol than one who drinks before an operation. The founder of modern surgery was a morphine addict for 30 years and hardly anyone knew and it never seemed to affect his ability to operate.
#4 May 21, 2013
One more thing- just because some rich guys kids were killed by a drunk driver is no reason to seek revenge against a single profession. pack seems like a real piece of work! If this passes I hope every doctor leaves the state!
#5 May 22, 2013
Doctors won't leave California over this, not enough to matter anyway. They'll scream and bitch, but I doubt any significant number will move.
Personally I think such things should be left up to the individual hospitals (if private), perhaps mandatory for government facilities, but leave it up to the providers to decide whether it is worth it. Perhaps provide by law a break on malpractice insurance if you get tested regularly (like being a safe driver).
Done right it could save a lot of money.
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