Our healthcare is established around a core principle known as INFORMED CONSENT. This term refers to a patient’s right to know all information regarding their treatment options and making a VOLUNTARY decision about the care they receive. Any omission of pertinent information, any coercion of the patient through bullying or threats, any refusal to answer further inquiries about an intervention, are all direct violations of the patient’s informed consent.
In no other realm of healthcare do we see the medical resistance to personal choice like we do when it comes to vaccines. You have a right to accept or decline any medical intervention you choose, including vaccinations. It is not your doctor’s job to make your healthcare decisions, your doctor is there to give you advice and help answer questions. YOU have the final say in what you do and do not consent to.
So, what do you do when you’re met with medical resistance? Here are a few tips from trusted healthcare and legal professionals to help navigate any unethical doctor encounters you may have:
- Do not attend appointments alone. Take a family member or friend (even better if they’re in the medical or legal fields)
- Document/Record everything
- Reference statements like
- “The American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend that providers exclude from their practice patients whose parents or guardians question or refuse vaccination.”
- “Discussion of the benefits of and risks from vaccination is sound medical practice and is REQUIRED BY LAW.”
- “The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons strongly opposes federal interference in medical decisions, including mandated vaccines.”
- If a doctor is threatening you or trying to coerce you into making a medical decision against your will, ask questions like
- “I want to make sure I’m understanding you correctly. Are you saying that if I agree to administration of (xxx) vaccine today we will leave here without incident, but if I employ my right to decline them you will report me/fire me/refuse to treat me/etc?”
- “Are you familiar with the Nuremberg code and informed consent?”
- “Do you understand the implications of your statement(s) and what it means for a medical professional to use methods of coercion and intimidation to obtain consent?”
- Understanding your rights and the obligations of your doctor will help you to feel more confident when/if met with resistance.
Realize that any caregiver that is trying to bully you or manipulate your health decisions is not concerned about your well-being and is not upholding their oath/pledge to put your autonomy and choice above their beliefs. There are many ethical doctors out there that devote their lives to true caring and possess a level of integrity that their counterparts seem to have forgotten. Look for those doctors. And leave the drug pushing, pharmaceutical controlled, sorry excuses for physicians behind you.