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What's the reasoning behind Doctors not being able to operate on their own family?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:39 AM on Sep. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • 1. The stress can be overwhelming and cause the Dr. to not be objective and shows a greater incidence of the patient not having the best outcome possible. Surgeons need to have no emotional attachment to someone they are operating on.
    2.The incidence of lying is greater, saying that the patient's need is greater than what it really is to get insurance to pay or to have the surgery done at all. And, there is a greater tendency for more procedures to be done that what is actually documented. Which causes problems for the patient all the way up to administration when something turns bad.
    3.Even though it is not ethical, things like this still happen. Doctors cover each other and report for others and perform ghost surgeries and ghost procedures especially when it comes to plastic surgery or surgery for well known patients or celebrities. I've never worked for a Dr. that DIDNT treat their own families and friends.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:44 AM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Some probably prefer not to, the surgery may be of a different kind than what the doctor specializes in.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:40 AM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • Because you can not file a suit against your own family... the rule applies only to immediate family spouse and children and parents ... also in regard to children very often the healthcare provider would be less likely to report themselves as abusers... or prescribe BCP to their 15 year old...you see its a mess all around for conflict of interest
    MELRN

    Answer by MELRN at 8:44 AM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • jewjewbee
    1. The stress can be overwhelming and cause the Dr. to not be objective and shows a greater incidence of the patient not having the best outcome possible. Surgeons need to have no emotional attachment to someone they are operating on.


    This would have been my answer as well
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:01 AM on Sep. 11, 2009

  • I would say too that doctor's have to be calm without emotion to make proper judgement calls and they can't do that if the patient is someone they care about. Does anyone know if that extends to friends as well? Doctor's operating on their girlfriends or boyfriends seems unwise as well. More curiousity than anything else.
    sopranomommy

    Answer by sopranomommy at 9:34 AM on Sep. 11, 2009

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