Actually, I think we should award BugDude the "Erwin Schrödinger" award for this strategy! I like it!
I have been lying to doctors on things that really aren't any of their damned business for decades (do I speed, do I wear my seat-belt, do I drink alcohol, do I use tobacco....) and I shall continue to lie no matter what stupid law they pass! Give them the PC answer; no matter what the truth is!
No I wouldnt stop seeing a doctor for asking. Even if he didnt have too by law. And I wont lie to him/her.
A simple " Not a medical problem doc, next question?" will do fine.
no more patient doc. confidentiality its patient oboma care to the public, good thing knowone read the law before it was passed and became one its like dictatorship
Hmmm Doc, what does me owning or not owning firearms have to do with my lower back pain??? Or, not applicable.
Let me make this perfectly clear...I did not have ammunitional relations with a firearm.
I'd certainly keep it simple and lie.
"Thank goodness his doctor asked or we would never have known!"
I would simply say no. I don't care what laws "they" pass to try to force an answer, my answer would still be no.
Then I am not one to go to a dr very often and don't have much respect for them.
My doc asked me if I had any guns once.
I looked around, and then asked him "what do you need?"
He laughed, and that was the end of that topic.
As a practicing physician, I can tell you that myself as well as the majority of my colleagues do not and would not support "mandatory questions" about gun ownership. Personally, my blurb to patients is simply a safety plug--"If you do own or possess firearms in your home, vehicle or place of work, remember to store and use them safely, obey all laws, and keep them out of reach of children and unauthorized persons."
I think this covers me in my responsibility of looking out for the welfare of my patients. At no point do I inquire about anyone's gun ownership, as it's none of my business and irrelevent to the medical care I provide. If you are ever asked about ownership by a doctor or other provider, be very comfortable saying, "I really don't think that has any relevence as to my medical care and it is not a question I am going to answer." If you get any attitude, simply find a new doctor. The vast majority of doctors I know are pro-2A and respect privacy in this regard.