Politics in the Exam Room

NPA members across medical specialties are speaking out against new legislative restrictions on clinical free speech and related intrusions into the patient-provider relationship.

For example, in the case of reproductive health, some statehouses have required physicians to give scientifically inaccurate information to patients* and to perform exams that are neither medically indicated nor desired by patients (such as ultrasounds prior to elective abortion, including when those tests are not covered by insurance). In the case of environmental health, there are new laws backed by the energy industry that require doctors to sign corporate confidentiality agreements before they can learn what chemicals a patient may have been exposed to on the job (e.g., on a fracking site). That is, the doctor must legally sign away the right to share this knowledge with the patient. In the case of public health, clinical gag laws backed by the National Rifle Association now prohibit doctors in some states from asking standard screening questions about gun ownership and safe storage.

Learn more in our new report:
Politics in the Exam Room: a Growing Threat
co-authored by the National Partnership for Women and Families, the National Physicians Alliance, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Law Center to Protect Gun Violence.

Sample media coverage of this report: The Atlantic
Think Progress  –  Washington Post  –  Ms. Magazine


Our concerns are broadly shared. Explore the Coalition to Protect the Patient-Provider Relationship

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*e.g.: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2015/04/07/arizona-arkansas-tell-women-drug-induced-abortion-can-be-reversed/