The same AMN article linked previously goes on to say:
An October 2005 Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine study found that 54% of pediatricians surveyed had encountered parents who refused all vaccines in the previous year, and 85% had dealt with parents who refused or delayed some vaccines.
Nearly 40% of these doctors said they would refer immunization-refusing families elsewhere, saying the parents’ decisions demonstrated a lack of trust in them as physicians and an absence of shared care goals. A 2001 American Academy of Pediatrics survey found that only 4.8% of pediatricians always made good on the firing threat, while 18.1% did sometimes.
I don’t have a problem with this. I know parents get all upset when they’re fired by their doctor over things like this, but really – if your doctor disagrees with you so strongly that he fires you (and loses all that money) – don’t you think it’s really for the best?? Plus, if my doctor was that much of an a-hole, chances are he’d be a**y about other things, too, don’t you think? And who needs an argument every time they question a prescription?? (That sounds odd, what I mean is – if my doctor writes a script, I expect to know why it’s needed. And I expect my question of “what is this going to do for my child” to be answered, rather than be given a lecture on who is the doctor and who is the patient. I respect my doctor’s expertise…and I expect him to respect me, too.)