SHREWSBURY, Mass. — A Shrewsbury woman has been making waves since she made public complaints that, because of her weight, a doctor refused to see her. Ida Davidson's story has appeared in the national news media.
Is it ethical for a doctor to turn away a patient because of the patient’s weight?
Dr. Helen Carter, who practices at UMassMemorial Medical Center, reportedly has instituted a policy of turning away patients weighing more than 200 pounds because of injuries to three staff members while treating patients weighing more than 250 pounds. See the CNN clip here.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. In Massachusetts, the number is about 22 percent.
While Carter's policy is not illegal, we want to know what you think about a doctor turning away patients because of their weight? Did Carter make a tough but responsible decision? Is the policy unecessarily discriminatory? Leave your comments below and take our poll.