Friday, June 20, 2008

Why Didn't MDs Ever Object About Cigs in the Past?

Kansas.com -- Physicians this week agreed to support legislation that would ban the sale of tobacco products and/or byproducts in retail outlets housing store-based health clinics.

The American Medical Association wrapped up its policy-making meeting in Chicago this week, where member physicians defined the groups’ political and legislative agenda for the coming year.

If laws that support a no-tobacco policy as described above were enacted, stores such as Walgreens — which plans to open five retail health clinics in Wichita by the end of the year — and other retail chains housing walk-in medical clinics (such as Target, Kroger and Wal-mart) would no longer be allowed to sell cigarettes to customers.

Q: The MDs never objected in the past when their patients went to Walgreens to purchase the medications the doctors prescribed and cigarettes were available, but the docs just now became concerned when Walgreen's starting opening clinics? This is all about concern for their patients, and has nothing do with competition, right?

5 Comments:

At 6/20/2008 9:13 AM, Blogger randian said...

This is all about concern for their patients, and has nothing do with competition, right?

Righto, they have our best interests at heart, move along, nothing to see here.

 
At 6/20/2008 9:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the doctors object to the sale of tobacco products, the ban should be across the entire retail sector rather than punitively directed at any retail store with a health clinic.

Like laws targetting Walmart, such legislation will not stand a court challenge. Should public funds be wasted trying to defend a law that will be struck down. Does the community benefit from this legislation or it is designed protect the interests of some of the community's high income residents?

 
At 6/20/2008 9:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Follow the money.

 
At 6/20/2008 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need more MDs to lower health care costs as well.

If we can't train more Americans in the U.S. to be MDs because of the cartel maybe it's time to start sending our best and brightest to free medical schools or to fee based schools in India for example.

 
At 6/20/2008 3:21 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Maybe doctors should mind their own business...

Maybe the malpractice malingerers should remember that the stores mentioned make a mighty fine buck off the sale of cigs...

Maybe the malpractice malingerers should also remember that if they want a piece of that socialist medicine called SCHIP they should reconsider their nanny ways with regard to smoking: 22 Million New Smokers Needed: Funding SCHIP Expansion with a Tobacco Tax

 

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