Is it legal for a physician to refuse to use latex free gloves?
Question Details: I am seeing a local allergist. I came in with a known latex sensitivity/allergy. Shortly after I started at the practice. They ran out of latex free gloves and the manager stated that the physician refused to order them for me because I was the only patient they had at the moment. He stated that I would have to provide them to his office. I did not think this was appropriate to ask of a patient and complained to office manager. The next visit I was paired with a nurse that did not wear any gloves at all. This just did not seem right and made me feel dirty. I complained to my insurance company because I thought I would switch doctor's. They apparently contacted my doctor in reference to the complaint and he filed a legal disengagement. Unfortunately, I am having trouble getting into a new allergy office and I now sick again. Is this legal?
It may be an ethical violation for which you could report his practice to the state medical licensing board: not taking proper and reasonable steps for patient well-being; violation of hygiene standards (the nurse). However, it is legal and except as the board may choose to sanction him, he can do this. People believe they have a right to be treated by particular doctor, but they do not: doctors are not public servants or charities and are free to run their practices the way they want. They can impose rules that are difficult or inconvenient for some patients and refuse to see patients whom they consider too difficult to work with.