Many physicians foolishly treat self, family members

American Medical News reports, “Professional ethics policies have long warned about the perils of physicians treating themselves or family members,” and yet, “a 2011 survey of more than 1,000 physicians in North Carolina found that nearly half had treated themselves and that 85% had treated an immediate family member, significant other or close friend.”

Of note, “American Medical Association policy issued in 1993 warns that one’s personal feelings can interfere with sound medical judgment,” and “because a spouse, child, sibling or parent may be reluctant to refuse care from a relative,” the issue of “informed consent” is raised.

In my opinion, the physician who treats his or her family members is very unwise and has fools for patients.