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
- Judge Blocks Implementation of Law Prohibiting Abortion for Women with Down Syndrome Diagnosis (Weekly Family Medicine Update, March 20, 2018)
- ACLU Challenges Down Syndrome Legislation (Weekly Family Medicine Update, February 27, 2018)
- OAFP Opposes Bill that Criminalizes the Practice of Medicine (Weekly Family Medicine Update, February 13, 2018)
- Down Syndrome Abortion Ban on Governor’s Desk (Weekly Family Medicine Update, December 19, 2017)
- Ohio House Approves Measure that Criminalizes the Practice of Medicine (Weekly Family Medicine Update, November 7, 2017)
- Long-Term Care Facilities Required to Post Information about Flu Vaccines (Weekly Family Medicine Update, December 20, 2016)