Dentist Fights for Patient Privacy Rights

Hands Off My Patient Files!

A Canadian dentist has decided it’s time to take a stand to protect his patients — from the dental board!

As part of its regular dental practice inspections, the Quebec Order of Dentists sometimes takes original patient files, keeping them for as long as four months before returning them to the dental office. (That’s if they’re returned on time, of course.)

Dr. Christopher Herten-Graven has refused to turn over patient files, arguing that doing so could violate his patients’ privacy. Moreover, the doctor asks, what if a file is gone but the patient needs treatment? His lawyer acknowledges that dentists are required to provide access to charts and files, books and registers, but adds, “There’s nothing in the professional code that says he or she has to surrender original documents.”

It’s a balancing act between regulating medical professionals and respecting the privacy of patient records. “The right to regulate the profession overrides the patients’ right to privacy in the same way that the police, if they get a search warrant, overrule privacy rights,” said David Fraser, a Toronto lawyer who focuses on privacy concerns. “But the organization should not be demanding documents just for the sake of demanding documents.”

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Should Anti-Amalgam Dentist Larry Hanus Get His Dental License Back?

 

Dr. Larry Hanus lost his dental license years ago for his outspoken anti-amalgam views (read more). Now he’s asking for it back. When asked if Iowa’s board should reinstate him, 57% of dentists in our most recent survey said no: there are other issues with Dr. Hanus besides his recommendation that patients replace all their amalgam fillings. The remaining 43% supported him, saying that dentists must be free to voice their health concerns, even if the ADA doesn’t like it.

Dental Survey ResultsHere are a few of the comments our dentists had to share:

 

  • “Dr. Hanus should have his license back ASAP.” (California dentist)
  • “Half truths are never good.” (Louisiana oral surgeon)
  • “These guys are quacks.” (Georgia orthodontist)
  • “Return his license and apologize.” (Illinois dentist)
  • “As a health care provider, I should be able to say whatever I think if it is evident in my practice.” (Michigan prosthodontist)
  • The ADA doesn’t gag anyone… All they ask is that we be truthful, present all the alternatives to our patients and, above all, do no harm.” (Nevada dentist)
  • “I don’t know why you want to bash organized dentistry, and the ADA in particular, about the Hanus decision…. I thought this website was above such behavior.” (Ohio dentist)
  • “I think that ADA executives who’ve buried their heads in the sand should have their licenses suspended once the truth comes out.” (New Jersey dentist)
  • Amalgam has NO proven side effects… Dentists should not make unscientific recommendations to patients.” (Oregon prosthodontist)
  • Can we revoke his DDS as well? The man is NOT a scientist: he’s a hysterical scaremonger! (California endodontist)
  • Dentists are free to avoid materials that they do not like. But there indications for amalgam as there are for most materials, and dentists should not be trying to have amalgam eliminated from our armamentarium.” (New York pediatric dentist)
  • “It should be a non-issue. Amalgam is going away due to market forces related to cosmetics. In another 5 years it will fall all by itself.” (Alaska dentist)
  • More dentists should speak out. Can’t everyone see that there are two standards for mercury? It seems that the oral cavity is the only ‘safe’ place for mercury.” (Illinois dentist)
  • “Is this who you would send your family to?” (Oklahoma pediatric dentist)
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Check out the complete anti-amalgam dentist survey results…

Does $25 Million for an Exploding Dental Office Sound About Right?

Editorial
by Jim Du Molin

New York City dentist Bruce Haber’s office recently exploded.BOOM!!! Not with telephone calls or new patients, though. When an 83-year-old steam pipe ruptured underground, water, debris and asbestos shot hundreds of feet into the air. Con Ed rushed to clean up, but the disaster left several city blocks temporarily closed.

Since last week’s explosion, Dr. Haber has not been able to access his 25th-floor office. A self-described “celebrity dentist” specializing in “smile improvements,” Haber spoke at a press conference, saying, “It’s been emotionally horrible. It’s been professionally devastating.”

So he’s suing Consolidated Edison for $25 million. The utility is already facing another lawsuit stemming from the same incident. Another individual is suing for unspecified damages: a woman whose sister died on 9/11 claims emotional distress from having witnessed the explosion.

The government is making federal disaster relief aid available to the over 1,000 businesses affected by the blast, which forced several streets to close. At least 10 businesses suffered major losses, and a few still remain closed. Pedestrians are not permitted within 100 feet of the crater.

Dr. Haber’s lawsuit claims “negligence to the point of gross recklessness;” just seven hours before the explosion, Con Ed had inspected that very intersection. As a result of the blast, a man received critical burns on over 80% of his body, dozens were injured, and a woman died of a heart attack.

The pipe ruptured on July 18; Dr. Haber filed suit on July 26, eight days later. Now, let’s assume the doctor works a rigorous 8-hour day, seven days a week. So if he’s valuing eight days of lost work at $25 million, that works out to… about $390,000 per hour. He says he treats about 35 patients per day, so that would work out to just over $100,000 per patient. Wow!

Drum roll please! We’re going to have to give Dr. Haber an award for the highest hourly production of any dentist. I’m amazed and impressed! I appreciate that he is able to command such payment from his clients, who he says include “well-known athletes, actors and corporate executives.”

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Orthodontic Treatment for an Overbite? There’s No Rush

 

Study Says Timing Not Critical to Success of Treatment

An article in the UK’s Cochrane Library reports that orthodontic treatment for children with overbites can be successful no matter when the child is treated. Obviously treatment can’t be postponed until adulthood; but orthodontists can choose to start early on some patients and later on others – “making the punishment fit the crime,” joked one orthodontist.

An orthodontist will consider many factors in determining when and how to begin treatment. The child’s particular overbite is the most important factor, of course, but it’s not the only thing: Will the patient be cooperative? Are there social concerns? Will the family’s dental insurance cover costs? How will orthodontic braces figure into the overall treatment plan?

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