One Man’s 43-Hour Surgery, Dying of a Broken Heart, and Can Doctors “Fire” Their Patients?

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  1. Neil H. says:

    I’m supposed to learn how to lose weight from someone who eats 20,000 calories a day?

  2. Tom H. says:

    I never thought about there being ethical restrictions on a doctor’s ability to get rid of a patient. Shouldn’t all relationships be “at will”?

  3. Tom H. says:

    It would be more interesting to learn how fatso worked his way up to the 20,000 per day intake level.

  4. Vicki says:

    That operation lasted almost two days. Do you suppose the medical staff was the same for the whole operaion? Or do you think they work in shifts?

  5. Virginia says:

    About doctors breaking up with patients:

    I don’t see why there should be any ethical issues. I know lots of vets that refuse to treat unruly horses. It forces the horse’s owner to either train the horse to behave or to pay more for a vet that will put up with the abuse.

    And I know a lot of businesses that will throw out a customer who is causing a scene. There should be no ethical problems with forcing a patient to either change their attitude or seek other sources of treatment.

  6. Larry C. says:

    Apparently doctors cannot dissolve a relationship with a patient at will (that is, for any reason whatsoever). There are only certain reasons that are deemed ethical. A patient being unruly or making a scene would probably count as ethically okay reasons for firing a patient.

  7. Stephen C. says:

    Here’s an idea: Why don’t the doctors send UnitedHealthcare a report card??????

    Also why did the insurance company start running all the letters in its name together? Does that subliminally suggest a conglomerate?

  8. Joe S. says:

    Paul Mason must be consuming 1,250 calories (a substantial size meal) an hour for every single waking hour.

  9. Anon says:

    I’ve been refused treatment by ophthalmologists before. So I guess the answer is yes, an MD can refuse to treat.

    There is something in the laws about people in the US having a right to access to healthcare, but in practicality it doesn’t seem to apply to those who are already under shady umbrella of health insurance companies (i.e. have health insurance).

    If a Dr has an especially difficult patient, I don’t see any reason they should be forced to keep them. If the patient has a long term health situation and can be referred to another clinic, then why not?