Can a doctor refuse to see me because Im a recovering addict?

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Can a doctor refuse to see me because Im a recovering addict?

I went and seen a urology doctor and when I first
met her the only thing out of her mouth was So ur
an addict? Well at first I let it go but I went to make a
apt with her and the receptionist Told me I had to
have permission first from the office manager and I
was like WHAT? Then a week later the nurse called
asked a bunch of ???? And then told me the
reception lady was gonna call and let me make an
apt but its been 3 weeks and Ive called them and all
they said was that I had to talk with the office
manager what can I do I feel like the doctor is
discriminating Against me all because Im a
recovering addict

Asked on June 19, 2018 under Malpractice Law, Oregon

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, a doctor can refuse to see you because you are recovering addict. A doctor is--besides being a doctor--a private business; a business can refuse to see any person so long as it is not discriminating against a protected group, class, or category (such as against someone due to his/her race). But being an addict or a recovered addict is not protected; they can refuse to see you for this reason.


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