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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by medalguy, Apr 2, 2012.

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  1. medalguy

    medalguy Member

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    I went to a new internist today, having to change doctors after a number of years with the same one. Anyway, he is a member of a large group practice, and there were about ten pages of paperwork to fill out before seeing the doc. One of the pages had a lot of questions regarding home stability, are you married, do you feel safe at home all of the time, that sort of stuff.

    I'm certainly strongly against domestic violence, but when I came to a question asking whether we had firearms in the house, I paused, considering how to answer this particular question. Should I write in "Of course, doesn't everyone" or something else? I finally wrote "MYOB" in the space and turned in my medical history, waiting to see the doctor.

    When I finally got in the exam room and the doc walked in, he seemed pleasant enough. Sitting across from me, he started looking at my history. When he came to the fourth page, the magic one, I watched his eyes go down to that particular question. He quickly smiled and looked at me and replied "I don't own the practice, I just work here. Don't blame you a bit."

    I think I'm going to like this new doctor. He served in the Navy by the way.
     
  2. OTR

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    1984???
    I would have left it blank and any others that did not pertain directly to my health. Why does anyone, certainly your MD, need to know if you have a firearm?
     
  3. mortablunt

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    You've got a cool doctor.
    I prefer to just troll doctors with that question. The focus seems to be asking about handguns, so I ask if I mark yes or not for whatever evil black rifle gun I claim to have on that particular day.
     
  4. Plan2Live

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    On a recent visit, my Primary Care Physician and I spent a good 5 minutes doing nothing but dicussing the merits of .308 verses 30.06. Yeah, he's a keeper.
     
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    I think my doctor uses the same form. I left that answer blank when I filled out the form in February.
     
  6. Loosedhorse

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    My goodness, it sounds like...America! Good for you; good for you both.
     
  7. gpr

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    i left mine blank too.....i can't wait 'till he bumps into the keltec in my front pocket...gary
     
  8. 4v50 Gary

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    Good doc.
     
  9. Hoppes Love Potion

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    You are 100 times more likely to be killed by a doctor than by a firearm.
     
  10. bikerdoc

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    On Recent annual for the grandaugter same form left blank.
    In the exam room the female NP asked a 6 yr old. Any guns in your house? Her answer - G-pa was a soldier and a policeman, and my daddy is fighting the bad guys. Im gonna be policeman and a Ranger when I grow up. Seems the NP was a reservist who did a tour in 09. Grandaughter got 2 lollypops, and I got a hug!
     
  11. spazzymcgee

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    I recently learned in my AP US Government class that out of all occupations, Doctors have the most Liberal views, right in front of teachers. My teacher laughed at the idea of having a "Hippy Colleague". When I stayed after school to make up a test, we discussed why he liked his Romanian WASR, and why I hated mine.
     
  12. whalerman

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    Well, those are cute stories and I'm glad everything turned out warm and fuzzy. But lots of times things won't. What are we going to do then? This is getting foolish. I wouldn't respond to any of it.
     
  13. FMF Doc

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    I was due for an annual physical anyways when my Primary Care Physician changed, so I went in to meet him and get my physical for my job taken care of all in one stop. There is no law against carrying in a medical facility, and nothing was posted, so as usual,
    I had my LC9 concealed on me. When I met my doctor, he came in to the room, intorduced himself and shook my hand. He took off his white lab coat, hung it on the back of the door, rolled up his sleeves and sat down with all my paper work. Right there, on his hip, infront of God and Earth, was a Springfiled TRP in a beautiful sharkskin 3 slot holster. After complimenting him on both gun and holster we got to talking. In addition to good taste in guns, turns out we are both navy boys too!
     
  14. svtruth

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    Bikerdoc:
    The American Academy of Pediatrics did, once upon a time, come out with a position against guns in the home. There was no scientific or medical back up, they just did it. Don't know if it was retracted.
     
  15. allaroundhunter

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    Back when I had to do my yearly checkups with my parents and little brother tagging along the pediatrician (quite the liberal woman) asked my little brother the same question (probably because my father had left it blank).

    My (9y/o) brother's response? "Yes, and they are locked but I know how to use them. If you want to have a safe house you should too."

    This was the first time that I had seen our pediatrician speechless or fail to make a comeback about how our parents were not up to par with modern safety measures (we were not forced to ride in a booster seat until we were 5' tall either...).
     
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    900x, actually vvvvv :D
     
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    Some doctors (particularly family practicioners) just want to remind you to store them locked up and/or unloaded so that little kids don't get them.
     
  18. Loosedhorse

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    Hey, I get it. Humor.

    But we should probably get some facts right from time to time. This study suggests that "fatal medical error" (if we define that as killing a patient who was not already at the end of life--an expected remaining lifespan of less than 90 days) is over-reported by about 600-fold using "standard" error-detection techniques. And this one reports that 13.4% of "medical errors" are actually "physician errors."

    So, next time you see one of those "fatal doctor mistakes each year" figures, divide it by about 4500 to be in the ballpark. Still too high, sure--but it really cuts into the firearms comparison.

    ;)
     
  19. brboyer

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    Florida prohibits it. ;)

    Paraphrasing the statute:
    So blanket questionnaires are prohibited.
     
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    my wife has surgery scheduled for the 23rd to replace two discs in her neck and add a 'supportive device'. The reason she has to have this done is that a couple of years ago she suffered a workplace injury, the doc's did an xray and pronounced it a "strain". It never got any better, they insisted that she was "fine" and eventually she blew up at them and went to see her private doc. He didn't want to get involved since it was workman's comp and just kept on medicating her. I finally went off on him about fixing things instead of just prescribing more crap for her. He referred her to a "Pain management" center. They did nothing for her other than more meds.

    I went in search of an "older" doc who would actually DO something, lucked out and found this old boy in a small town near here. He looked over her history and asked where the MRI results were...she handed them to him, told him the last doc never looked at them. He took a look, went out, about 10 minutes later came in with a paper. "You have an appointment with this neurologist on Tuesday (today) BE THERE!"
    She just called me a bit ago, to let me know they have the surgery scheduled for the 23rd which was the first available.

    I mentioned something about their form not having the firearm question on it, he said "Son, this is Missouri...isn't it required?"

    Something tells me we are gonna stick with this office...lol
     
  21. Loosedhorse

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    Not at the moment; likely not ever. A FL judge blocked the law in September. I believe such an injunction usually means that the judge expects the law to fail in later proceedings:
     
  22. brboyer

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    Thanks for the link.
    That's why I missed it, it was a Federal Court, I only looked at Florida Courts.
     
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  23. CoRoMo

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    Crap. You gave away the answer. Now they know.
     
  24. thorazine

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    I was surprised to find a bunch of hand gun magazines in the waiting room for one of my local doctors.

    Especially because he works for a large health group organization.



    Fortunately no such questions on any forms to date.
     
  25. Ed N.

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    This law was never necessary in the first place. Florida statute 790.335 already made it illegal for anyone to maintain a record of privately owned firearms. If a physician asks for the information and keeps it in your medical file, he is breaking this law. Here's what the statute says in part:


    There are exceptions, of course, for those who are required by federal law to maintain records, such as FFLs. The law also allows redress for violations,

    so if your Florida doctor asks such a question and writes your answer into your medical file, you might point this out to him. If that doesn't fix the problem, talk to a lawyer.
     
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