Most of us have been to a medical lab at some point. Perhaps for a routine blood test, an x-ray, a mammogram, or some other procedure. You will likely recall the pages of paperwork (reduced to tablet format now). The information must be initialed paragraph, by paragraph, or page by page and then signed at the bottom.
No one really reads all that. We are inclined to initial and sign where instructed. The objective is to get past this, get the procedure over with, and get out of the lab as quickly as possible.
With a pending lab test, we were sent the forms via email to pre-register. Well, that gave us time to really read them. My wife, being very detail-oriented began to wade through that gibberish, and guess what she found? A short paragraph buried in the document really got her attention.
The heading was “Consent to Medication Not Yet FDA Approved and/or Medication Prepared/Repackaged by Outsourcing or Compounding Pharmacy.” Included in the paragraph verbiage was the statement that said, “As part of the services provided, you may be treated with a medication that has not received FDA approval”. Can you say vaccine for Covid?
When the lab was called we were told that we should not pre-register, but ask for that paragraph to be removed from what was being signed at the time of registration. Presumably, the lab will still perform the services ordered by the doctor.
It seems a tiny baby step from this “authorization” to a mandate where if you don’t agree to give up your rights then you will not be provided with the medical service (s) ordered.
The march to socialized medicine grinds on. So, be sure you know what you are agreeing to before you sign any document.