Giving patients complete information about their health care is the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship. As health care providers, we do our best to uphold the medical ethics and standards of care that require us to give patients all the information they need to empower themselves to make informed decisions about their health. A trusting relationship with our patients is not a given — it is a delicate one that must be nurtured.
At the National Medical Association, the largest and oldest national organization representing the interests of more than 30,000 African-American physicians and the patients we serve, we have spent decades attempting to reconcile the mistrust that many African-Americans have for the medical system. We are deeply concerned that a recent proposal by the Trump administration not only violates medical ethics and undermines medical standards of care, but would undo all the progress we have made in developing trusting relationships with our patients.