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New law infringes on patient-physician relationship

Release Date: April 6, 2012
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Medical Society is extremely disappointed that Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 306 (SB 306) into law. By legislatively mandating medical protocols, SB 306 directly infringes on the special and private relationship between the patient and physician.

The bill further subjects the physician to prosecution for a Class I felony for allegedly failing to follow these protocols. The Society will continue to strongly oppose efforts to legislate what occurs in the examining room between the physician and patient.

The Society, which represents more than 12,000 physicians in Wisconsin, actively supports physicians in their use of appropriate standards of care in their shared medical decision making with patients.