Patient Rights

No More Medical Gag Orders; No Silencing Patients

In March 2009 I wrote a blog post titled “Doctors Block Critical Comments by Patients.” yes, that was a very long time ago. The post was about the extreme steps some physicians were/are taking to keep their dissatisfied patients from writing about them online – in blogs, social communities or through established outlets like RateMDs.com. These physicians were having patients sign ‘mutual privacy agreements’ where the patient signs away his or her right to say anything critical about the physician in online venues. They were doing this on the advice of one prominent consulting firm: Medical Justice Services.

Today these medical gag orders are still in the news. Last week I saw an article in Fierce Practice Management suggesting that Michigan is considering legislation that would prevent physicians from requiring patients to sign these gag orders as a prerequisite to providing medical service. Congratulations to Michigan for taking the lead on this issue and for advocating on behalf of patients’ rights!

If you’d like to review the article in Fierce Practice Management, use this link. To check out my blog post on physicians using gag orders to silence patients, click here.

3 comments on “No More Medical Gag Orders; No Silencing Patients

  1. Pingback: Find a doctor – Doctor reviews and ratings | RateMDs.com | Biotech Innovator

  2. With havin so much content do you ever run into any issues of plagorism or copyright
    infringement? My website has a lot of unique content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it appears a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any solutions to help reduce content from being stolen? I’d
    really appreciate it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: