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DOCTOR REFUSED TREATMENT, DEAF WOMAN COMPLAINS

A deaf woman who requested a sign-language interpreter for an appointment with a doctor was turned away because the doctor didn't feel comfortable using an intermediary.

An advocacy group filed a complaint on her behalf last month with the state Office of Professional Medical Misconduct, and an investigation of Dr. Joseph DiPoala is being conducted.

While physicians cannot discriminate on the basis of race, religion or national origin, it is unclear whether they have a right to reject a patient for insisting that they hire an interpreter.

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