Massachusetts Doctor Refuses to Treat "Obese" Patients Who Weigh Over 200 lbs
On this morning's Fox and Friends, we told you about a Massachusetts woman who's outraged after a doctor refused to treat her because of her weight.
The doctor, whose name is Helen Carter, says she won't treat patients over 200 lbs for the sake of her staff.
Read more details on the story, below, from our Kansas City FOX affiliate.
Ida Davidson admits that she is a little overweight. On the second visit to her primary care doctor in Massachusetts, she was told that they didn’t want her as a patient because of her weight.
“She was telling me that she couldn’t care for me because I was over 200 pounds,” Davidson said. “I mean, I’ve never heard anything like that, I thought doctors were there to help you.”
It doesn’t happen that often, but it’s not illegal. In fact the country’s major physician group says it’s also ethical.
The AMA says patients
and doctors can “exercise freedom in choosing with whom to enter into a patient physician relationship.”
Dr. Carter says she began screening out the overweight patients in the spring after several of her staff were injured.
“There are alternatives there’s an obesity center at UMASS better staffed and has more resources than I do,” Dr. Helen Carter said.
Davidson said the doctor’s office didn’t care about her health that day. She feels they just cared that she was a liability and maybe too much work.