So, if the treatment causes "no harm" to the patient, and the patient is aware that the doctor believes said treatment is going to be futile, or of minimal benefit, and the patient gives full informed consent, then the answer is no, there are no professional obligations in place for doctors.
I do, however, believe there are ethical obligations. I think it is unethical to charge a patient for a treatment a doctor believes is almost certainly going to be futile, even if the patient has given informed financial consent. The doctor should not have to work for free, either.
In this instance, I personally think that the ethical requirements are for the treating doctor to refer the patient to another fertility clinic and Specialist.
This is not mandated by law, but I do believe it should be an ethical obligation.
If I was an IVF patient, it's what I would want from my doctor.
If I was an IVF doctor, it's what I would do.
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Last edited by J37; 31-05-2016 at 15:01.
Hven;t had a chance to watch it yet, will do so later on 'catch up tv' but found this article in The Australian - kind of echoes what people have been saying,
Your so far from the truth!
I'm assuming you haven't been down the ivf path otherwise you wouldn't say such a stupid thing.
Do you know how long some people save for to be able to pay for ivf?
People go without and sacrifice alot often, to be able to have a chance to have what can't come naturally and what so many take for granted.
This is a good article in the Australian. I agree completely with their comments.
I think it is so very important to research your clinic and your specialist before starting ivf.
We certainly did this and have been very happy with Hollywood Fertility and Dr Simon Turner. He has been around since ivf began, he's amazing and honest and tells it how it is. Had quite a few friends who have been with other clinics with no success and transfered over to Dr Turner who has taken a different approach and they have had success.
She has had a really rough time with her last cycle, she almost died and I don' t think she meant it to hurt other IVFERS. I was bothered too by this post when I read it last night and had a crappy sleep procrastinating over finances which made me crankier but knowing her from here I know she didn't mean it to come across like that.
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