Ama Policy

Freedom of Communication Between Physicians and Patients H-5.989

Anti-gag clause

It is the policy of the AMA:

(1) to strongly condemn any interference by the government or other third parties that causes a physician to compromise his or her medical judgment as to what information or treatment is in the best interest of the patient;

(2) working with other organizations as appropriate, to vigorously pursue legislative relief from regulations or statutes that prevent physicians from freely discussing with or providing information to patients about medical care and procedures or which interfere with the physician-patient relationship;

(3) to communicate to HHS its continued opposition to any regulation that proposes restrictions on physician-patient communications; and

(4) to inform the American public as to the dangers inherent in regulations or statutes restricting communication between physicians and their patients.


Policy Timeline

Sub. Res. 213, A-91 Reaffirmed: Sub. Res. 232, I-91 Reaffirmed by Rules & Credentials Cmt., A-96 Reaffirmed by Sub. Res. 133 and BOT Rep. 26, A-97 Reaffirmed by Sub. Res. 203 and 707, A-98 Reaffirmed: Res. 703, A-00 Reaffirmed in lieu of Res. 823, I-07 Reaffirmation I-09 Reaffirmation: I-12 Reaffirmed in lieu of Res. 5, I-13