Some US doctors open to sex with patients

Monday, November 22, 2010

NEW YORK - Some doctors in the US are now open to a romantic or even a sexual relationship with patients, but after at least six months have elapsed since the treatment got over, a survey has revealed.

Around 10,000 American physicians were asked 20 “ethically thorny” questions in a poll conducted by WebMD, an online medical consultancy, which found out that 11.7 percent admitted they could become romantically or sexually involved with a patient.

But the doctors said they waited for at least six months after treatment, the New York Post reported.

“We shouldn’t remotely entertain romantic thoughts when we see a patient,” one doctor said. “But if you ran into that person outside the office at a later date and ‘clicked’, I see no problem.”

But a whopping 83.1 percent said mixing love and medicine was taboo - with one even calling it “totally exploitative”.

The poll also found out that at least 23.2 percent American doctors would prolong life-support, even if “futile”, to appease the patient’s family.

While 17 percent said they would “falsify a patient’s condition” to get insurance money, about five percent said they might cover up a mistake even if it harmed the patient.

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