Medical Code of Ethics 2016
How many doctors do you know who follow the Medical Code of Ethics to the dot? This includes:
- seeking your best interest even if that means they have to go against trade winds and old dogmas of treatment
- they must not accept any incentives to prescribe one medicine over another or nothing–this includes the following unacceptable practices : lunches and money paid to them by pharmaceutical companies for any reason! Check here if they have been taking any money, lunches, teaching fees (they are told to teach THE drug the pharmaceutical pushes), research money (that is equivalent to you being prescribed off-label medicine and report if you get hurt)… etc. Check the database here for your doctor’s name and his ethical conduct in terms of money. Put last name in only and state since doctors often enter their first names differently so you cannot find them.
- not prescribing off-label medicines without your express knowledge and consent
- ask questions, listens for your answers, and does not look at his watch while talking to you.
- You can actually count till 100 before your doctors storms out of your room visiting with you.
- your doctor explains to you what he/she is thinking, why, what tests may be beneficial, what discomfort you may feel, AND hands you the report as you walk out the door or via email if that is set up.
I could probably write a much larger list but here is the official Medical Code of Ethics as of JAMA just released July 14, 2016.
Print this out and take it with you to your next doctor’s visit and check the points as you have your conversation… if you dare, rate your doctor from 1-11 and hand it to him/her so that you doctor can feel great or ashamed, whichever the case may be!