According to a three-page article published in the Boston Herald, Massachusetts pediatricians ask kids personal questions about their family life when treating them. And they're not just ordinary questions about "what does your dad do", or "do you like to go fishing". Instead, they're asking questions like the following:
"Does Daddy own a gun"?
"Where does Daddy keep his gun"?
"Do Mommy and Daddy drink too much"?
"Do Mommy and Daddy smoke when you're around"?
"Does Daddy make you feel.......uncomfortable"?
And these types of questions are frequently asked WITHOUT any apparent provocation. And who's behind it? Yes, you guessed it...another nanny group; the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Thanks to guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and supported by the commonwealth of Massachusetts, doctors across Massachusetts are interrogating our kids about mom and dad’s “bad” behavior. In other words, parents are now considered “persons of interest.”
The paranoia over parents is so strong that the AAP encourages doctors to ignore “legal barriers and deference to parental involvement” and shake the children down for all the inside information they can get. And get this - the information doesn’t stay with the doctor, either. Here's a typical example from the article:
Debbie is a mom from Uxbridge who was in the examination room when the pediatrician asked her 5-year-old, “Does Daddy own a gun?” When the little girl said yes, the doctor began grilling her and her mom about the number and type of guns, how they are stored, etc.
If the incident had ended there, it would have merely been annoying. But when a friend in law enforcement let Debbie know that her doctor had filed a report with the police about her family’s (entirely legal) gun ownership, she got mad.
She also got a new doctor. “I still like my previous pediatrician,” Debbie told me. “She seemed embarrassed to ask the gun questions and apologized afterward. But she didn’t seem to have a choice.”
Of course doctors have a choice. They could choose, for example, to ask parents directly about parental conduct, and not try to backhandedly worm the information out of vulnerable, trusting kids. They could choose to leave their politics out of the office.
Worst of all is the witch-hunting for "pedophiles". They’re asking kids about sexual abuse even in the absence of any physical signs of possible abuse. In short, the American Academy of Pediatrics has declared all parents guilty until proven innocent.
A review of the American Academy of Pediatrics website did NOT turn up a list of their "guidelines" in the public area. However, they have a private area for members only; since I'm not a member (and probably would have to be a pediatrician or a medical provider to be a member), I did not go in there. But I would bet there's a list of guidelines in the private "members" area.
And comments posted to the story indicate that these are not isolated occurrences. One commenter exposed the contradiction between pediatricians who worm sensitive information out of vulnerable, innocent kids, yet in return will invoke "doctor-patient privilege" to refuse to tell those selfsame parents if their kids are smoking, drinking, using drugs, or having sex.
This is outrageous! How dare they? If the child showed signs of abuse, I can understand it being due diligence, but this? Is this what my rising medical insurance rates are paying for? To help turn this society into the novel, 1984? It makes me sick! Are these the same doctors that won't tell parents if their kids are using drugs, smoking, drinking, or having sex because of doctor-patient privilage, but they have no problem grilling every child about mommy and daddy and then notify police if they feel the parents conduct Un-PC like behavior? And why, pray tell, is the doctor allowed to interview the child alone without the parent's consent? Police don't even have that power - and what if the doctor was a sexual predator? "Excuse me miss, but I need some time alone with your daughter - please wait in the lobby. Now Suzie, do exactly what I say or I'll send Mommy to jail!" Doesn't anyone see how dangerous this is? #23894 - Oct 4, 2007 11:43 AM EDT Report Abuse
And here's a real horror story, where erroneously-interpreted information was turned over to the kid's school counselor and the state child welfare bureaucracy. The child welfare bureaucracy launched a multi-month witch-hunt which was turned off only when the mother hired an attorney. Of course, the child welfare bureaucracy involved was not held accountable for the expense or distress imposed upon the mother.
We had a similar incident happen to our family a few years ago. At the time, my daughter was 14 years old, mildly autistic with severe cystic acne. I took her to a doctor I had gone to for years and considered him one of the best around. She needed to submit blood tests for the medication. She threw a bit of a tantrum in the office because she didn't want to do blood tests but I stuck to the fact that she NEEDED that medication and would take the blood tests like she should. After a bit of squabbling she did take the blood tests, I stayed in the lobby while she did. I imagine she was very tense and the phlebotomist asked her what was wrong and she told the phlebotomist that if she didn't take the test "Her mother would kill her.” (what DSS told me). How often do teens say “If I get an F in Math my parents are going to kill me,” “If I come home 3 hours late my folks will kill me” etc.? DSS knocked on our door a few weeks later. They had contacted her school where her counselor quizzed her about all the bad things her parents do, which to a 14 year old is just about everything. I went from a parent trying to get medical treatment for their child to an abusive and neglectful “Perpetrator.” The nightmare went on for several months. My husband and I were on the verge of a break-up before all this happened and he took advantage of the situation not knowing how serious it could have gotten. DSS and my husband backed off when I hired an attorney; I’m sure the whole mess is on my ~permanent record~ somewhere though. What our family had to go through is a disgrace. The position they put my daughter in was abuse. They knew she had Asperger’s Syndrome and took advantage of how she perceives things. One more tidbit here: In our last meeting with DSS they brought just me into a room with 3 social workers asking questions about my husband, Drinking, drugs, physical and sexual abuse, etc…. Job Security??? God help the children overlooked by DSS who are truly being abused and neglected.
And here's a doctor who takes a public stand against abuse. Ironically, this doctor appears to be an immigrant. Imagine, a non-white immigrant to the United States showing more respect and understanding of our constitution than some of our own brainwashed kool-aid drinking, Hannity-loving citizens.
Omar Ali MD
I am a pediatrician (now in academia, not in private practice) and I agree that this is absolutely ridiculous. Doctors, like any other person, must use common sense, not cookie cutter guidelines, to assess their patients. They should use their judgement to decide who needs intrusive questioning and who does not. And ALL intrusions into privacy must be weighed against the harm done to society by the erosion of traditionally private domains. In other words, there must be a presumption of privacy and there must be a good reason why this presumption was overturned. The claim that doctors or social workers can effect net positive social change is not supported by the evidence. In any such analysis, the positive impact of privacy intrusion on one individual has to be weighed against the harm done to the social fabric by transferring traditional family responsibilities to impersonal, bureaucratic powers whose competence is extemely doubtful and whose tendency to abuse their power is also underestimated. #23589 - Oct 4, 2007 9:31 AM EDT Report Abuse
And how should you, as a parent, handle this problem? First, when selecting a pediatrician, verify that you, the parent, can remain with your child during the entire examination. This is particularly necessary for young children (ballpark figure less than 10 years old). If the doctor refuses, find a different doctor if at all possible.
Instruct your children on how to deal with personal enquiries. If a doctor starts asking your kid personal questions about parents, the kid should be trained to say, "Sorry sir/madam, my parents would prefer you discuss that with them". If the doctor persists, then the kid should be instructed to phone the parents immediately.
Of course, the first tendency of the politically-inclined is to blame it all on the liberals. And the "liberals" deserve the preponderance of the blame; they are the ones who've enshrined social engineering and state intervention in personal life.
However, who was most recently the Governor of Massachusetts? The "conservative", Mitt Romney. Who was the Governor of Massachusetts when it became the first state to legalize gay marriage? The "conservative", Mitt Romney. And who was the Governor of Massachusetts when it became the first state to force everyone to buy health insurance, thus delivering a captive constituency to the insurance industry? You guessed it - the "conservative", Mitt Romney.
And now the "conservative" Mitt Romney is running for President...as a Republican. With "conservatives" like Romney, you might as well vote for Hillary...at least she doesn't pretend.
Or you can vote for a true conservative; Ron Paul.