Health organizations oppose Wisconsin bill barring doctors from asking about gun ownership

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  • Updated: June 19, 2013 - 12:45 PM

MADISON, Wis. — Health organizations say a Wisconsin bill that would prohibit doctors from asking patients whether they own guns would interfere with the doctor-patient relationship.

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concernedduhJun. 19, 1310:18 AM

Why in the world would a doctor ask a patient if they own a gun? It has absolutely no bearing on their health.

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EleanoreJun. 19, 1312:45 PM

It is none of their business. Don't answer and tell them your relationship has been compromised by their inability to determin relationship much less significance in your health assessment. perhaps a new Doctor is in order along with a letter of displeasure and indignation to the entity employing them.

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SammyBoyJun. 19, 13 1:49 PM

The authors of the first two comments clearly didn't read the article. They saw a headline, read the lede, and flipped out. Just as stated deeper in the article, doctors also ask about helmet use, seat belts and car seats, alcohol use, drug use, and other behaviors and activities that have risk, especially ones that can be minimized through education: Put a helmet on the kid when they ride a bike; keep the servings of moonshine to less than an ounce when under the age of 6; keep the guns out of reach. Simple, common sense items. If you don't like the question, find a doctor who doesn't care about the well-being of you and your kids. You know, that free-market, vote-with-your-dollars stuff the same folks claim to be be so enamored with.

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EleanoreJun. 19, 13 2:49 PM

"Just as stated deeper in the article, doctors also ask about helmet use, seat belts and car seats, alcohol use, drug use, and other behaviors and activities that have risk, especially ones that can be minimized through education." - You're correct the barest reading of the article was enough. If a person came in with a head injury that occured riding a bike, then maybe asking about helmet use has a place. Fishing for firearms isn't going to fly any more than fishing for otherlife choice info.

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SammyBoyJun. 19, 13 4:07 PM

Eleanore, you prove once again why we can't have nice things. After-the-fact education, well beyond the point of it doing any good. I suppose next, you will offer up the point that if a person comes in with a heart attack, it's at that point a doctor should address such controversial topics like weight control and exercise? Perhaps you feel that all forms of preventive education that keeps you from the doctor's office or hospital should be off the table?

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