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    Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    Thou Shalt Not: The Ohio State Medical Board has spelled out sexual no-no's for the medical profession:

    The new rules would prohibit:

    Failure to respect a person's privacy when they're undressing.

    Asking a patient for a date.

    Questions about sexual history or orientation that are not relevant to the examination.

    Criticism of a patient's sexual orientation.

    Keeping a third person out of the exam room during intimate examinations.

    Any romantic contact with a patient, including kissing.

    But what about the dating? What if there is only one doctor in a remote rural town. Is he not allowed to date local women?

    posted by Sydney on 11/14/2006 08:29:00 AM 7 comments


    No, he is not allowed to ask any of his patients for a date. So small-communities with few doctors are generally not good places for single doctors looking for a mate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:16 AM  

    Second that, doctors have too much power over patients. It's too open to abuse. If they want to date, go over a town.

    By Anonymous Dara, at 3:29 PM  

    last appointments I've had the doc wouldn't even have had time to comment on my sexuality or perform even the most rudimentary non-medically warranted groping. Too many patients to see to spend any time being naughty with one of them.

    How do you code for a kiss? or is that not billable?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:22 PM  

    Perhaps SHE might have a similar issue with MEN in the town. Not all MD's are men.

    It is inappropriate to ask a patient for a date, but I also think that it is unlikely that a person will not have another health provider as an option for care, like NP's who are working more in rural areas. If they are young enough to still be on the dating scene than they really do not need treatment from an MD on a regular basis anyway.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:26 PM  

    > How do you code for a kiss?
    > or is that not billable?


    Probably billable for a Complimentary/Alternative practitioner.

    Coding of course depends on Dx and practitioner specialty. Unless the practitioner is a un-specialist: "Mommy". A kiss from Mommy makes most anything better.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:34 AM  

    I wonder if the people who are usually negative on doctor dating a patient (or dating your co-workers) are happily married. Because if you are single and looking, you realize how difficult it is to find the right person and you wouldn't want to waste any opportunity. Surely a patient has a right to choose if he/she is willing to date the doctor (and maybe change the doctor later)

    Maybe bringing up a subject during the office visit is inappropriate, but a doctor could easily meet a patient in a social setting or even on an anonymous dating website. If a doctor is fairly busy and a patient is fairly healthy and only sees a doctor once a year for a physical, how likely it is that a doctor would even recognize a patient? I am not sure I can recognize my doctor in a social setting, ok I have horrible memory for faces, but the doctor who sees lots of patients may not even recognize someone is a patient until after a few dates.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:24 PM  

    No. Living in a small town, it makes it worse to "ask" your patient for a date, since the implication is that if you turn him down, he will neglect you when you are sick.
    So you date someone who is NOT your patient (someone you meet at church, or a nurse or secretary you work with). Or if you like a patient, you say nothing, but maybe later, when you are in a different situation, you ask for a date. most younger women only see docs for pap smears and colds, so if you see her in the 7=11 three months later and talk and then sort of start going out, it's not the same as asking for a date five minutes after you checked her tushie...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:59 AM  

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