An article in the Wall Street Journal published earlier this week reported on the apparent rise in doctors now refusing or ‘firing’ patients who refuse vaccinations for themselves or their children.
In a study of Connecticut pediatricians published last year, some 30% of 133 doctors said they had asked a family to leave their practice for vaccine refusal, and a recent survey of 909 Midwestern pediatricians found that 21% reported discharging families for the same reason. By comparison, in 2001 and 2006 about 6% of physicians said they “routinely” stopped working with families due to parents’ continued vaccine refusal and 16% “sometimes” dismissed them, according to surveys conducted then by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Good on them I say. Yes, they have a duty of care to patients and people, but I think that when their patients are actively avoiding scientifically backed treatments for easily preventable diseases, and subsequently endangering both themselves and their children, then they should have the power to refuse such people in their practices. In my opinion, it should be considered child abuse for parents to refuse them medical treatments such as vaccines that are backed by evidence to save lives, not lose them or cause autism… Ignorance isn’t an excuse.