Our System Requires Lying
By John Farnam
I suggested declinng to answer questions about gun-ownership, political leanings, etc, when they come up in discussions on personal health matters with your doctor.
Many Doctors who are DTI students, responded:
“Medicare now requires the question about gun-ownership be asked. When it is not asked, reimbursement to the doctor is jeopardized. Answers go on a form, and forms are submitted.
The form has only two boxes, ‘Yes,’ and ‘No.’
When you answer anything other than ‘No,’ the doctor will check the ‘Yes’ box. So, when you decline to answer, no matter how politely, the ‘Yes’ box gets a check-mark in it.
Imagine, for example, that you are in Nazi Germany in 1936, and your doctor asks (as he is required to do),
‘Do you have Jewish relatives?’
When you answer, “That’s irrelevant and none of your business,” the doctor checks the ‘Yes’ box, and you suddenly have an unanticipated train-ride in your immediate future.”
With the foregoing in mind, here are some suggested responses, all far briefer than the one I advised: