Report: Feds Pressuring More Doctors to Ask Patients About Their Guns

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The feds are using Medicare reimbursements along with the new electronic medical record format standardized by the government to coerce doctors to ask patients about their guns and other personal questions, reported Dr. Mark Kestner, who writes for The Murfreesboro Post.

“In essence, the feds are using their control of Medicare reimbursement to manipulate how your physician handles your personal health information,” he wrote. “As part of that process, the doctors are required to seek the answers to a certain number of personal questions from all their patients, including asking about gun ownership.”

The new electronic format allows the information to be made “available to government entities,” Dr. Kestner added.

“The federal Medicare program is structured in such a way that physicians had little choice but to comply with the program,” he continued. “On the one hand, if physicians complied with the program fully by last year they were rewarded with a financial incentive of several thousand dollars.”

“However, if they delayed or failed to agree to provide the data they will be penalized by a certain percentage of Medicare payments going forward.”

“Medicare reimbursement is already quite restricted and often doesn’t cover the actual costs for the services covered,” Dr. Kestner emphasized.

While some doctors are already asking patients about their firearms, it now appears the feds are ramping up this inquisition amid the recent appointment of the new Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, who called gun ownership “a public health issue.”

“[I’m] tired of politicians playing politics with guns, putting lives at risk because they’re scared of [the] NRA,” he tweeted out in 2012. “Guns are a health care issue.”

About a year before President Obama nominated Dr. Murthy for Surgeon General, the White House released the president’s gun control agenda which reminded the public that Obamacare allowed doctors to ask patients about their firearms.

“Some have incorrectly claimed that language in the Affordable Care Act prohibits doctors from asking their patients about guns and gun safety,” the press release stated. “Medical groups also continue to fight against state laws attempting to ban doctors from asking these questions.”

“The Administration will issue guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit or otherwise regulate communication between doctors and patients, including about firearms.”

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  • Greg Burton

    I keep telling my doctors about SSRIs and mass shootings, but they don’t listen. http://ssristories.org/old/index1.php

  • whitefeather

    Isn’t that a violation of Interstate Commerce?

  • doucyet

    Because I live in a register state and have a CCW I have nothing to “hide”. If asked I would answer………do you have pills in this office?

  • Frank

    Just simply tell him, “No, I don’t own any guns.” What are the feds going to do, charge you with perjury? I’d like to see them try – that would blow the lid off the whole damn thing and force them to admit that the medical profession has now been conscripted into the federal government’s security apparatus.

    • Jurys Out

      Feds demand compliance and doctors provide patient lists. Feds compare registered gun owners – CCW permits – background requests list to patient lists and answers about gun ownership on your doctors list.

      Now they have you lying about guns ownership and that makes you unstable – untrustworthy and your CCW gets revoked or your state issued permits are recalled. At worst the Feds decide to “investigate” you for your and societies safety.

      I refuse to lie and I refuse to answer. It is none of their damn business and if a doctor disagrees then I will terminate the exchange of services and find another doctor. I pay them for MEDICAL assistance ONLY. Anything else and we have a breech of contract.

    • mark

      Assert the 5th amendment and shut up.

  • nighthawk

    In Florida it is ILLEGAL for medical personnel to ask about firearms.

    • DaveA

      Nope, I live in Florida and was asked that question. Once by an outside Doctor, and another time by the VA

      • nighthawk

        Dave, On July 29, this year, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld the Florida Law known as the “Physician Gag Law.” This Law makes it illegal for Medical personnel to question patients on firearms .
        So if your Dr. asked these questions AFTER July 29, this year, he broke the law. V.A is a different story as they are federal, I don’t know if they have to follow Fl. law or not. The best way to answer is “JUST SAY NO.”

        • mark

          State rights supecede federal rights.

  • Dr NoNo

    Just say no.

  • 1PissedAmerican

    My son is 13 and went for a sports physical and the Dr asked him do you like guns ? Does your parents own guns ?

    My son said yes I love them and the the 2nd amendment and my dad has plenty of weapons.The Dr asked what does your father have ? he said my dad has a few F-16s ,rail gun ,squirt gun,tank,drone etc. My son said the Dr looked puzzled. He came out and told me they asked him this and I asked to see the Dr. I said listen you have no right questioning my kid about his constitutional rights if you don’t like my GOD given rights or my AMERICAN ways go back to your homeland.

  • Jim

    I plan on saying “Next question” or I’ll take NFL Football for $200.00 Alex !!! The answer is…”What is mind your own F**King business” !!!

  • My doctor has more guns than I do.

  • icemancold

    WELL: I f asked by my Doctor if I own Guns I will have to ask my Doctor if She is a trained Licensed GUN SMITH if she answers yes then I will have to say I am leaving to find a MEDICAL DOCTOR. If she says no then I will say I came in here to seek medical care I will go to a Trained Licensed GUN SMITH if I have a Question about a gun.!!

    • hankrbradley

      My response will be the same as it is to that racist actor Samuel Jackson when on the American Express commercial he asks “What’s in your wallet?”

      My response…None of your damn business!

  • Ray Burke

    My answer to all impertinent non-medical questions will always be NO COMMENT !!!

  • Vernon

    I have been asked about “guns” and simply replied “that has nothing to do with my medical records or condition – no comment.”

  • Richard Holmes

    obamboy’s conspiracy to take away your rights. He must go!

  • londontubes

    I usually don’t lie to my doctor, but maybe in this case………

  • Tony

    The answer is simply, “no.” Then I’ll ask my doctor, “when did you stop beating your wife?”

  • empty pockets

    ““The Administration will issue guidance clarifying that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit or otherwise regulate communication between doctors and patients, including about firearms.”

    May not prohibit it but only a tyranny would use force (extortion) to demand they ask since it clearly is NOT a “health issue”.

    • rivahmitch

      Agree. OTOH, if the Doctors are now agents of the Gestapo, we might have to reconsider that posibility. Semper FI!

  • brit303

    Health care worker – “Do you own a gun”. Patient – “Why, do you want to buy one?”

  • PatHenry

    LOL my Doc is a fellow gun owner and will check off the no answer anyway.

  • xoxozo

    Heil owebama

  • xoxozo

    But keep in mind it’s NOT all theirs fault…They are being “NUDGED” to ask.

  • nanblan

    I don’t know about anyone else, but that’s a question I will answer with “it’s none of your business.”

  • TexasOlTimer

    My doctor only asks “Do you feel safe in your home?” My answer is YES but I’m never asked why. I’m fortunate that I’m not asked about guns because I’d then be without a doctor. When you’re on Medicare, you don’t always have a choice as to which doctor you go to. In a large city you might, but in smaller towns and rural areas, there may be only one or two that will take a Medicare patient.