MA doctor's rule: No new patients above 200 pounds

WBUR, August 31, 2012

A Massachusetts doctor's office has instituted a new policy: no new obese patients who weigh over 200 pounds. "I had no other choice," said Dr. Helen Carter. "It's self-preservation." Carter, the Worcester-based internist, who has been practicing medicine for 20 years, says she's not discriminating against fat people, rather the policy is more related to safety. In the spring, Carter said, a physician in the practice got a serious neck injury while pulling out the exam-table foot rest for a 284-pound patient. The injury remains painful, she said, and now prevents the doctor from performing pap smears because she can’t bend fully. A new electric exam table costs between $4,000 and $7,000, Carter said, which is at the moment prohibitively expensive.


MOST POPULAR

" style="font-family:inherit">Physician's Scathing Remarks Humiliate Patient, Cost Hospital
  • Alternative Staffing Arrangements
  • " style="font-family:inherit">The Perils of Cut-and-Paste Documentation
  • Aging Doctors: Time for Mandatory Competency Testing?
  • 7 Years In, Triple Aim Transcends Jargon
  • Alternative Staffing Arrangements
  • CMS Predictive Readmission Models 'Not Very Good'
  • SPONSORED REPORTS
    SPONSORED HEADLINES

    SIGN UP

    FREE e-Newsletters Join the Council Subscribe to HL magazine

    SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING

    100 Winners Circle Suite 300
    Brentwood, TN 37027

    800-727-5257

    About | Advertise | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Reprints/Permissions | Contact
    © HealthLeaders Media 2014 a division of BLR All rights reserved.