American Medical Association Attempts Run Around at Parental Rights: Let Kids Make Own Vaccine Decisions
Moving forward, the AMA will encourage state lawmakers to institute comprehensive vaccine and minor consent policies, according to a news release. The policy recommendation came Monday during the group’s annual meeting in Chicago. Read more here.
Really AMA? Not sure why the AMA is doing the AAP's work for starters. And then there's this: kids have to be 21 to choose other behaviors/products with risk - like cigarette smoking and drinking. One drink or one cig will not kill or harm a 14 year old. But one Gardasil shot can.
Remember friends, the AMA is like the AAP but for grown ups, they are the UNION for doctors. A UNION. A union's job is to protect the financial well being of its members. Unions are sometimes what one might call..... oh let's see, hmmm, (mumbles Jimmy Hoffa) less than a lily white bride on her wedding night pure.
My response to the suggestion that MINORS should make their own medical decisions for vaccination is this:
1) Fine! As long as the doctor and every nurse in the practice are held legally liable - by name, address and social security number. Signatures on every sheet of paper. A paper trail as long as a CVS receipt.
2) Great! There must be a print out of every vaccine insert blown up and on the wall of every room and waiting room, preferably on Team Umizoomi background paper.
3) Before the child can say, "Boy Howdy! Gimme that DTaP!" he must undergo a full neuropsych evaluation and IQ testing, and an MRI. Parents must be provided with the results. These tests cost thousands, the practice will happily pay the costs to allow Janey and Johnny their medical freedom of choice. Each child must also have a speech and OT evaluation to determine baseline status.
3) After vaccination, the doctor's office must agree to FREE follow up visits at 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6, months, 9 months, 12 months, 24 months, 36 months, 48 months, and 60 months to review any changes to neurological, IQ or emotional status. Man, these will be LONG visits, not the 8 minutes allotted by insurance. None of these visits will be billable to insurance. Sorry Doc! We'll call them "WELL we warned you," VISITS. If the doctors want to make sure the kids are vaccinated, lost income is a small price to pay.
4) Malpractice insurance will have to be increased to cover the liability.
Any other suggestions, clever readers?