A doctor has the right not to treat anyone I guess. I don't know the abandonment issues in Mass. or what the law there says.
If you do not have the equipment to deal with very large patients safely, you shouldn't have to do it. I am a nurse, retired now, but it is very difficult to move large patients safely unless they can move themselves or you have proper mechanical lifts, large guerneys, etc. It is also about safety for the patient.
Nurses have a large amount of back injuries due to lifting/transferring patients over and over. As a nurse, I really appreciate the doctor protecting his nurses.
Patients may have to go to a bariatric specialist for care who can accommodate larger patients.
As a heavier person myself, who has only gotten her weight under control these last few years, it would be tough. I am 61 years old and finally found an exercise program that I like well enough to stick with. But it has only been three years, who knows....
Take care, Annette
PS - I assume the doctor refuses men as well as women who are above his weight limits.View Thread
I breast fed my son over 30 years ago in public places with a receiving blanket as a cover, and I doubt anyone ever even noticed. The one time I remember distinctly doing it was at a Ricky Nelson concert at the county fair.
My mom did the same thing with her five kids back in 1948 & the 1950s. I would hope it would not offend anyone by now, it is healthy and normal, and can easily be done with proper cover so you do not offend anyone.