Doctor Refuses to Accept Patient Due to Weight

Ida Davidson was directed to a clinic suited for overweight patients.
3:00 | 08/25/12

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I -- Davidson looks like a lot of Americans she admits that a little overweight Davidson says she was stunned when on a second visit to a new primary doctors she was informed they didn't -- -- is a patient because appropriate. She was telling me. That she couldn't care for me because I was over 200 pounds I mean I've never anything like that I thought doctors were there to help -- She's right it doesn't happen much though it's not illegal and the country's major position group says -- ethical as well the AMA says patients and doctors can exercise freedom in choosing with whom to enter into a patient physician relationship. For people that are established patients. I've told them that they're grandfathered in so it doesn't apply to them but -- had at least two people be very motivated. They've lost weight doctor Curtis it should begin screening out the overweight in the spring after several of her staff were injured she spends time educating patients about obesity which she says. Is best treated else. Where there are alternatives so that we have there's an obesity senator over -- -- -- that is much. Well much better staffed and has more resources than I do the CDC says the third -- -- American adults are obese but I -- Davidson says it's not just wait. -- care about my health that day. You know I think she just -- that I was a liability to her maybe and too much work. This may be an isolated case but that could be more with so many Americans now obese some medical professionals say they worry about their -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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