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I thought the AMA was a powerful lobby that would protect doctors' autonomy. Apparently not.
California’s anti-misinformation bill is well intentioned. But it’s a bad idea.
much has been said about the potential impending disaster of AB2098 in california. this bill (now through the legislature and on the governor’s desk) will predicate retaining one’s medical license upon compliance with state and regulator diktat on what may and may not be discussed with patients.doctors will lose discretion.those who speak that which has been forbidden will lose their ability to practice medicine.even leaving aside the obvious issues of replacing the discretion of trained professionals with the opinions of political interns, this is a huge loss for patient freedom, doctor patient confidentiality and choice (ironically the underpinning of roe v wade), and for the evolution of evidence based medicine for how can one know what the evidence truly is if alternate viewpoints cannot be aired?this is doctrinal domination supplanting science and selection.it will prevent discovery, discernment, and experimentation thereby impeding progress in medicine.Jay Bhattacharya @DrJBhattacharyaThe California bill AB2098 aims to silence doctors who dissent against destructive public health directives. Its supporters like @NLFD_org slander doctors and dissidents and seek to jail those who disagree with them. but perhaps less focused upon are some of the second order effects. egas doctors flee the one time golden state in droves, this is going to do wonders for the availability of plastic surgery in previously underserved markets:
Dr. Nass is demonstrating how they can be effectively opposed. There should be thousands of heroic figures like her among the doctors of Western Civ. Ask them why they are not standing up in places like California, with its new, idiotically-written law against doctors speaking freely with their patients for the sake of informed consent (“spreading misinformation”). These reprobate lawmakers — and the depraved Governor Gavin Newsom who signed the act — need a lesson in what it means to be civilized. The people running the CDC, the NIH, and the FDA deserve severe floggings in the civil and criminal courts. They all know it now, too, and they’re running scared.
@rwmalonemd·1hCA Democrats passed this law in 2006, which directly contradicts the physician censorship law AB 2098 passed this year.“A physician and surgeon shall not be subject to discipline… solely on the basis that the treatment or advice he or she rendered to a patient is alternative or complementary medicine. Since… it can take up to 17 years for a new best practice to reach the average physician and surgeon, it is prudent to give attention to new developments not only in general medical care but in the actual treatment of specific diseases…”
A group of California physicians filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s medical board over a new law that will regulate what doctors can tell patients about COVID-19 risks and treatments.A.B. 2098 will make it “unprofessional conduct” for physicians or surgeons to provide their patients “false information” related to COVID-19, including vaccines, “that is contradicted by “contemporary scientific consensus contrary to the standard of care.” The legislation discriminates against alternative viewpoints and creates “a severe chilling effect,” contradicting the First Amendment, the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA)-backed lawsuit contends.