Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lawsuit over an archaic medical code

I have complained about psychologists making bogus diagnoses, and here is someone suing about it:
A Los Angeles man is suing his doctor and a Southern California healthcare network, saying they ignored his request to remove a notation describing "homosexual behavior" as a "chronic problem" on his medical records.

Matthew Moore, 46, who is openly gay, said he was shocked to see his sexual orientation still described as a chronic condition more than a year after he complained about the use of the archaic medical classification.

"It was infuriating. It was painful," he said of his decision to sue. "It was another attempt by this doctor and this medical group to impose their agenda of discrimination and hate onto a gay patient." ...

The diagnosis was coded as 302.0, an archaic classification from The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (commonly known as the ICD). Code 302.0 "homosexual behavior" was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1973. ...

The association also issued a media statement saying the designation had been used as a result of "human error" and claiming that "upon notification by the patient the record was corrected."
He has no real grievance here. He told them that he was homosexual, and they noted that on his records. What did he expect? It is not as if they asked the court to take his kids away, as many dads face all the time with family court psychologists.

The lawsuit will be dismissed because he has no damages. He is only complaining about an obsolete medical record that no one saw but himself, and he is openly gay anyway.

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