Doctors Say Laws Are Interfering With Patient Relationships

Law360, New York (August 8, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT) -- Federal and state governments are enacting laws and regulations that inappropriately interfere with the doctor-patient relationship, a doctors' group said Wednesday, pointing to state laws that require ultrasounds before abortions and bar doctors from asking patients about gun safety.

Such laws can interfere with a physician's appropriate clinical practice, according to a paper published by the American College of Physicians. They can prohibit physicians from discussing with or asking their patients about risk factors that can affect their health, require physicians to discuss specific practices they...
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