Stop the Blustering About High-risk Patients

Despite much handwringing over physician discrimination against high-risk patients, empirical evidence of it is limited, a report shows. Patients are not being turned away in droves, despite bluster from surgeons who claim that they are.  Maybe they just don't like the transparency.


1 comments on "Stop the Blustering About High-risk Patients"
B Satiani (10/22/2010 at 11:23 AM)

Ms Clark I have always supported that all outcomes should be publicly available. Nevertheless, this concern about high risk patients being turned away that you call 'bluster' talk is real. Someone will have to take care of real high risk patients and calculate how much the additional possible mortality will hurt their overall profile. When your parent is that high risk patient, you might have a different take on the issue. I have been in that position as a treating physician and as a child of a high risk patient. Careful with words like 'bluster.'


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