CONTRACTS SIGNED UNDER DURESS OR COERCION ARE NOT ENFORCEABLE – UNLESS THEY CONTAIN NO EVIDENCE OF EITHER THREAT OR COERCION!
Earlier this year a relatively ill advised physician in California permitted his office personnel to administer a nasty little contract agreement to his new patients, that is if he even knew about the paper work they were handing out to all new patients. Many times physicians foolishly allow business managers to process whatever paperwork they feel appropriate and are completely in the dark.
Excerpts from an article found on jeffereyjaxen.com/blog titled Doctor’s Refusing Care Unless Patients Sign “Immunization Contract” Forcing Full Schedule of Shots
It was a day like any other at the Carmichael, California practice of Matthew T. Cohan, MD. A father entered the waiting room with his daughter by his side. The daughter — a new patient — was experiencing upper respiratory congestion. Before she could be seen, standard new patient paperwork needed to be filled out. However, on the final page of this paperwork, the office required new documentation to be complete before the patient could be seen.
Here is Dr. Cohan’s Immunization Contract:
As the father was seeking medical attention for his sick daughter, it is unlikely the physician would have vaccinated the girl during that visit anyway. However, by demanding this agreement be signed PRIOR to the child seeing the doctor, it could easily be seen as a denial of care. Unfortunately there is no indication on the contract that the child was even ill.
So, why would a pediatrician deny care to a child whose parent prefers not to vaccinate per the CDC schedule, outside of the fact he is grossly ignorant of the nature of the CDC itself?
Was it the carrot or the stick?
In the case of this physician it could be BOTH the carrot and the stick. Continue reading