Friday, October 05, 2007

Got kids?

This story gives the line about doctors going fishing a new and disturbing twist....

“The doctor wanted to know how much you and mom drink, and if I think it’s too much,” my daughter told us afterward, rolling her eyes in that exasperated 13-year-old way. “She asked if you two did drugs, or if there are drugs in the house.”

{snip}

“The doctor wanted to know how we get along,” my daughter continued. Then she paused. “And if, well, Daddy, if you made me feel uncomfortable.”

Great. I send my daughter to the pediatrician to find out if she’s fit to play lacrosse, and the doctor spends her time trying to find out if her mom and I are drunk, drug-addicted sex criminals.

We’re not alone, either. Thanks to guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and supported by the commonwealth, doctors across Massachusetts are interrogating our kids about mom and dad’s “bad” behavior.

The rest of this story - found on Jules Crittenden (via Dr. Helen) is an example of medical professionals overstepping their bounds. It could be partly blamed on Trial Lawyers suing anyone and everyone when things go wrong, as in You're a trusted professional; why didn't you do something to prevent this. It could be a furtherance of the Nanny State.

Regardless, it must be stopped.

And if you think SCHIP or any kind of Universal Health Care won't make this stuff more common, think again.

What does your Ped ask your kids when the door is closed??



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