Physicians and Guns Part II: A Hypothetical Situation
There's been much discussion lately about President Obama's executive orders and many have surmised that, through some tweaking of or maneuvering through the HIPAA privacy laws, physicians could in the near future be allowed or even encouraged to ask patients about their guns and make that information available to the federal government. Whether or not this becomes a reality remains to be seen.
Let's pretend that this does become a reality. And let's take it a drastic step further: let's say that physicians, any and all MD's and DO's, are now mandated by federal law to ask patients about their guns. I've gathered from the past discussions on this issue that most of you would, in some form or another, tell the physician to politely (or not so politely) mind his/her own business.
What I'm wondering is: would any of you stop going to the doctor altogether? Would anyone cease any and all contact with their physician(s) if this highly unlikely hypothetical situation did occur?