Friday, April 2, 2010

Ignoring Hippocratic Oath, Dr. Refuses To Treat Obama Supporters

A Florida doctor has decided he doesn't want to treat Democrats, at least those who voted for Barack Obama. Florida urologist Jack Cassell posted a sign on his office door telling those voters to go away.
"If you voted for Obama ... seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your health care begin right now, not in four years."
William Allen, professor of bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida's College of Medicine said that Cassell's sign is pushing the limits of professionalism.
Allen said doctors cannot refuse patients on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability, but political preference is not one of the legally protected categories specified in civil-rights law. By insisting he does not quiz his patients about their politics and has not turned away patients based on their vote, the doctor is "trying to hold onto the nub of his ethical obligation," Allen said.

"But this is pushing the limit," he said.
No big loss really. Vitals.com, which rates doctors via patient rankings, says Cassell has a 1 out of 4 star ranking. It seems that it might be a good idea to avoid him anyway; he might snip the wrong tube.

Of course, Jack Cassell did backtrack as knowledge of this reached the public. "I'm not turning anybody away — that would be unethical," he told the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday. "But if they read the sign and turn the other way, so be it."

Right, sure. At any rate, there are a couple of things that Jack Cassell is forgetting in his (modern) Hippocratic Oath. They include:
  • I will respect the privacy of my patients (which means you shouldn't be able to ask, even in an implied manner, who they voted for)[...]
  • I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings (not just certain voters), those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

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Anonymous said...

The Republican "Poor looser" strategy is spreading just like they intended it to do. One of the things that makes this country so special is the President and the Constitution can be changed, PEASFULLY based on a democratic election. When did it become patriotic to sabotage and undermine these values? Why are so many people finding it acceptable to do one thing and say another? Just like this doctor's hypocritic "Hippocratic" comments. His spoken words don't close to the sign he had posted. It seems cowardly and dishonest. They are lowering their values to that of a group like the KKK, both are doing it for the same reason, "what's best for the country" their country evidentially.
By the way, I was a republican and recently changed to an Independent just because of this type of behavior.

lleviih said...

These are special times, Mr. Anonymous. I'm not a fan of either party, personally.

"One of the things that makes this country so special is the President and the Constitution can be changed, PEASFULLY based on a democratic election."

This country is supposed to be about UPHOLDING the constitution because it's rights are timeless.

Anonymous said...

Unprofessional behavior is repugnant and unjustifiable. In a country where 50% of the registered voters are too disinterested to show up to vote, to many of the other 50% have degenerated into an abrasive and disrespectful state of mind. Might I even say ... childish.

Anonymous said...

I guess the "Poor Speller" counter-strategy must be taking hold. If you're going to make a moronic statement, IN CAPS, make sure you spell it correctly.

Nice touch comparing a stupid sign on a doctor's office door to a hate group, btw. Not too much of a stretch.


Moron.

Anonymous said...

Wow I do respect the good doctors freedom to express his view,but if Americans took to heart the good doctors comment that all those who voted for President Oboma is responsible for what he calls a healthcare problem,then it safe to assume that every American who voted for George W Bush is personally responsible for the countless lives lost in this continueing WAR?Or good doctor is that a horse of a different color(WHITE V BLACK)WOW THE RACIST IS REALLY COMMING OUT THE WOOD WORKS NOW.

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Where will it stop?!

spoiler1013 said...

Lets not lose site of the issue here people.A doctor who is apparently not a fan of the President has taken it upon himself to deter people of the opposite polictical spectrum to seek health care,or professional medical treatment elsewhere if they voted for President Oboma.When,and where does it stop? I hold no polictical affiliation I try to vote issues,but lately the attacks on this president has gone to far.Have we forgotten about the young men,and women still dieing over seas in a war we should have never gotten into?Not to mention the thousands killed,and the hundreds of thousands Iraqs killed at the hands of President George W bush.Please people dont get distracted from what the real problem is.The Good Ole Boy Club is mad as hell that America voted a man of color in office.GET OVER IT,AND LETS RESTORE OUR COUNTRY'S HONOR. THAT WAS DESTROYED BY THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION.P.S. Please forgive any miss spelling.

Anonymous said...

Please stop commenting on spelling. your credibility drops to zero when you do this. It shows you have nothing to say about the issues; all you know how to do is attack a person making the comment. You look like someone with the mentality of a five-year old.

If you don't have anything to say about the issue, please don't say anything at all.

Anonymous said...

"respecting the privacy of a patient" refers to giving out patient information, i.e., keeping it private between Dr and Pt.

spiKe said...

It is my opinion that this doctor is mildly retarded, and should probably have to undergo further examination to be certain he is capable of performing his essential job functions. If indeed, as one post suggested, his practice is already low rate and it is a well known fact; this in conjunction with an asinine sign like that could definitely limit his profit earning potential. Besides that, I find it distasteful to put his own political views ahead of the needs of his patients.

Mary said...

I think he's right. This healthcare fiasco is the fault of everyone who put that socialist pig into office! Let em' start to suffer NOW!!!!

Anonymous said...

amen to the doctor. i agree with him totally about refusing to treat them. allow them to go to another doctor who will treat them as obama would, ie "oh i'm sorry mr and mrs smith, not a government official? well go home and die by yourselves, i wont help you"

btw any trolls replyin to me *yawns and gets back to work* i'm actually working, not sitting on my rear end getting governtment support, so i wont be seeing your replies

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These people are like a pouting tantruming olds two years - Do not get to the last election, so I m going to pout, stamp my feet, I put my fingers into your ears and you all be marbles and go home.

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How can a doctor refuses to treat his patients,what if they are Obama supporters.

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They are lowering their values to that of a group like the KKK, both are doing it for the same reason, "what's best for the country" their country evidentially.

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Doctors are treated as GOD on the earth then how can a doctor ignore his oath n refuse to treat his patient.

Taylor Cable said...

I will respect the privacy of my patients, their problems are not disclosed to me that the world knows it. In particular, I have to be careful in matters of life and death.

Nightly Business Report said...

They want rationed communist care? They want long waits and substandard care?
Fine, let them pound the pavement to look for a Doctor.
I think all Doctors should deny care to anti-American Obama supporters!

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this in conjunction with an asinine sign like that could definitely limit his profit earning potential.

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They are lowering their values to that of a group like the KKK, both are doing it for the same reason, "what's best for the country" their country evidentially.

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In a country where 50% of the registered voters are too disinterested to show up to vote, to many of the other 50% have degenerated into an abrasive and disrespectful state of mind.

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Hippocratic Oath is all about to save life,without discriminating.But doctors are doing very unfair by refusing to treat Obama supporters.

Allison Cassavechia said...

That was purely an un-factual fear based segment. The doctor didn't even explain.

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In a country where 50% of the registered voters are too disinterested to show up to vote, to many of the other 50% have degenerated into an abrasive and disrespectful state of mind.

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Ignoring Hippocratic Oath, Dr. Refuses To Treat Obama Supporters"

Obama Supporters need to see a proctologist not a urologist. But when you have your head up your azz it's hard to read the signs!

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I think doctor had some personal disputes with Obama or with his Supporters.But a doctor should not refuse to treat his patients.

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They are lowering their values to that of a group like the KKK, both are doing it for the same reason, "what's best for the country" their country evidentially.

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I will respect the privacy of my patients, their problems are not disclosed to me that the world knows it. In particular, I have to be careful in matters of life and death.

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I hold no political affiliation I try to vote issues,but lately the attacks on this president has gone to far.

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These people are like pouting tantrumming two year olds - "I did not get my way at the last election so I am going to pout, stamp my feet, put my fingers in my ears and take my marbles and go home".

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This in conjunction with an asinine sign like that could definitely limit his profit earning potential. Besides that, I find it distasteful to put his own political views ahead of the needs of his patients.

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Good stuff they seems cowardly and dishonest and they are lowering their values to that of a group like the KKK, both are doing it for the same reason, "what's best for the country" their country evidentially.

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I think a doctor's profession says that, any person irrespective of his gender, color, caste, financial condition etc. must be treated by doctor. And here the doctor is asking to not to do treatment because they voted for Obama, it's seriously not a good thinking.

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This doctor has rights like anyone else. Your going to find many doctors who do not want to deal with socialized medacine.

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Its all about daring to say no to the prim minister but I think doctor have to go for further treatment..

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It is not done good by the Dr to ignoring his hippocratic Oath. As he had some disputes with them he must forget that and do his work.

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Ignoring Hippocratic oath by a doctor it doesn't sounds good.

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