Originally posted by rickymouse
You can prescribe the treatment but have no protection from the medical society when doing so.
Your "medical society" doesn't provide protection of any kind, no matter what you do. All they are is a group that helps write the "standard of
care" (the general first-line, second-line, and so on, treatments for conditions) that are then up to the physician's judgement on how to use.
When you are sued for malpractice, your job, as a physician, is to hire an attorney who knows a decent amount about medicine who can then convince a
judge that what you did made sense, scientifically, or at least that what you did caused no harm relating to what you are being sued for.
The medical societies play absolutely no role here, so I don't know why you keep blaming them for random things. They're about as much to blame as
your local tee-all league.
[quote[Since it is not approved than it is doubtful that your medical insurance may cover legal fees also. Is this correct?
It depends. If there is science to back up your claim, and other people are using the treatment you used (maybe just not in your area or region), then
it's likely covered. If you're going around giving people colloidal silver (which has zero supporting evidence), then of course your malpractice
insurance won't cover it. Then they would have to cover literally anything, which is silly.
I surely wouldn't risk my future on someone I did not know well myself.
It's not really a risk if you have evidence a therapy will work.
I have had a half dozen doctors as friends over the years.
I have a few friends who are pilots. Does that mean I know how a jet works, or that I can fly a plane?
I do personally know doctors who had their lives ruined by using treatments utilizing special diets and natural meds and supplements to treat
things instead of medicines.
Well, I would certainly hope their careers were ruined if they used unproven, ineffective natural remedies in place of actual science. There's no
place for unproven therapies in medicine, it puts patient safety at risk.
The hospital one worked for didn't see it as appropriate treatment. Another one I know had every questionable thing he ever did blow up in
his face and had his license taken away. He was too nice, giving pain pills to people who were in pain too frequently. I don't think pain pills are
the right thing myself, they have too many side effects if used long term. The funny part is that his trying alternative treatments is what got him
initially investigated not the pain med prescriptions..
All of things are explicitly explained to physicians as revokable offenses.
Giving herbs and honey instead of actual medicine and then billing someone for it? Revoked.
Going above and beyond a reasonable opiate/painkiller prescription rate? Revoked (most of the time).
Why would you think it's okay to let a doctor sell you essentially a placebo (natural medicine)? It's unethical, and if you have a developing health
issue, it could jeopardize your health.
[quote[Don't lose your license or your future by doing things that aren't considered appropriate even though they may be real.
There are only two types of medicine: proven and unproven. There's no such thing as "alternative" or "natural", just proven and unproven
If something is proven, you will have no problems from the medical boards for using it.
If it's unproven, you don't belong in medicine.