On October 13, 2013, in response to recent and alarming trends at the Statehouse, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors adopted a policy statement opposing legislative interference with the practice of medicine.
Legislation that mandates certain physician behavior or communication without regard to the patients’ best interest shows a disturbing indifference for the patient-physician relationship and evidence-based medicine.
- Dictating or restricting the nature and content of communications with patients
- Requiring physicians to provide diagnostic tests or procedures that are not supported by evidence or clinical relevance
- Requiring that certain procedures or treatments be delayed without regard to medical condition.
Additional Information and Resources
- Long-Term Care Facilities Required to Post Information about Flu Vaccines (Weekly Family Medicine Update, December 20, 2016)
Required Down Syndrome Fact Sheet Now Available for Use (Weekly Family Medicine Update, July 14, 2015)
Legislation Introduced to Prohibit Physicians from Talking to Patients about Guns (Weekly Family Medicine Update, June 9, 2015)
Distribution of Down Syndrome Fact Sheet Required Upon Diagnosis (Weekly Family Medicine Update, March 17, 2015)