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I don't have an employment law question. My question is how do physicians decide they will not treat people at age 80 for behavioral health.

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It's not employment at all. I'm trying to get my mother an appointment with a mental health doctor and they will not take her because she is 80

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Generally, a healthcare provider can deny coverage based on a variety of factors, including drug seeking behavior or the fact that what the patient needs is outside the scope of their practice. Howoever, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, "it is illegal for a healthcare provider to deny a patient treatment based on the patient’s age, sex, race, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin." In this case, if the only reason that your mother is not being treated is because of her age, then it is illegal under federal law and likely your state's law as well.

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