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AMA Called on to Denounce Patient Blacklisting

Press Release
March 5, 2004
Contact: Dan Lambe, 512-381-1111
Doug Heller, 310-392-0522, ext. 309

AMA Called on to Denounce Patient Blacklisting

Group Calls Doctor-Run Website “Moral Malpractice”

Two of the nation’s leading consumer advocacy organizations, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights and Texas Watch, today called on the American Medical Association (AMA) to denounce and disavow an emerging national trend by doctors to deny medical care to patients who have filed a medical malpractice claim in the past.

The groups sent a letter to AMA President Dr. Donald Palmisano today specifically calling on his organization to renounce the creation of a new website www.DoctorsKnow.Us that creates what amounts to a modern day blacklist of individuals who have pursued their constitutional right to a trial by jury.

“This contemptuous disregard for the public health and the Hippocratic Oath is moral malpractice,” the groups wrote in their letter to the AMA. “It is pure thuggery intended to blacklist patients who have been victimized by negligence and hurt by medical mistakes,”

This new website is the latest in a growing movement among doctors across the nation who are denying medical treatment and ignoring their duty to patients simply because they have turned to the courts for justice in the past.

The organizations also noted stories of doctors in Florida, Georgia and Texas denying care to patients or patient advocates as well as communication between New Jersey medical professionals advocating that doctors inconvenience patients and delay care in order to highlight the medical malpractice issue.

“It is frightening to know that because a drug-addicted doctor, who was allowed to practice medicine, caused permanent brain damage, blindness and permanent disability in my husband during surgery, my family is on a medical blacklist,” said Delores Romero, of Humble, Texas who along with her three children are listed on the DoctorsKnow.US database. “Good doctors should be protecting patients -- not drug addicted doctors.”

The organizations called the AMA’s attention to the impact their hard-line political messaging and posturing has had on the emergence of this vigilante-like behavior.

“The fact is, the overtly anti-patient proposals and actions of some doctors is driven by the more refined vitriol of the AMA in its effort to take away the rights of injured patients.”

Dan Lambe

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