Dr Glynn-Morris wrote that a person who drives a car can afford to be tested for competency to drive the vehicle, and that such testing in people over the age of 75 would save lives [BCMJ 2008;50:550]. He suggested that the testing be done by an independent physician.
I agree. I have heard a rumor that some patients may leave their doctor if the doctor recommends the patient undergo a driving test. A doctor is supposed to help maintain a patient’s health, and a doctor needs the patient’s trust to do so. Requiring someone’s personal doctor to fill out the driver’s medical exam can erode the trust between the doctor and the patient.
A doctor’s job is to maintain his or her patient’s health. The Superintendant of Motor Vehicles’ job is to assure that people are competent to drive. Doctors should not have to assess a person’s competence to drive.
—Robert Shepherd, MD
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