Patient, Refused By Doctor Who Won’t See Women Who Weigh More Than 200 Pounds
Huffington post reports:
A Massachusetts primary care doctor adopted a new screening process for new patients this past spring: She no longer takes women who weigh more than 200 pounds, Boston’s WCVB reports.
A woman named Ida Davidson learned of this policy when she was seeking an appointment with Dr. Helen M. Carter and was rejected as a result of her weight.
“I’ve never heard anything like that. I thought doctors were there to help you,” Davidson told WCVB in an interview, which has since been aired on CNN and other news outlets.
Carter defended the move, though, noting that there are other facilities in the area better suited to deal with overweight patients.
Davidson, however, says she believes there are other reasons behind the doctor’s policy at play. “She didnt care about my health that day. I think she just cared that I was a liability to her maybe and too much work,” she told the station.
Speaking to Boston’s WCVB, the middle-aged woman recalled her visit to Dr Carter’s practice: ‘She’s like, “You gained weight, are your feet swollen, are your feet swollen?” I said “No.” ‘She was really obsessed about the whole thing and me being in her office and she didn’t want to care for me.’
Defending her refusal of treatment, Dr Carter explained calmly: ‘After three consecutive injuries [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][with other patients] trying to care for people over 250 pounds, my office is unable to accommodate a certain weight and we put a limit on it.’
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Many of our patients had been suffering from chronic illnesses over past several years before they underwent our wellness program. They had been taking multiple pills and medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, increased blood sugar, weight loss, diabetes, pain, heartburn, depression and sleep apnea. Most of these are obesity related comorbidities . Treating each symptom listed above by itself without addressing the underlying cause is not the answer. The side effects from taking all these medications may cause what we have termed as Pillness.
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