Physician Pays $75,000 for Refusing to Operate on HIV-Positive Patient in Violation of ADA

March 18, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​A physician in Port Jefferson, New York, will pay $75,000 and attend anti-discrimination training to settle allegations that he discriminated against an HIV-positive patient by refusing to perform an operation after learning of the patient's HIV-positive status, states a March 9, 2016, press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The plaintiff alleged that the physician, an otolaryngologist, was scheduled to biopsy a growth on the patient's neck but canceled "minutes before" the procedure because the patient was HIV positive.

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