But, you could not expect less in a communist state?Here in Illinois, some doctor's offices, hospitals, nursing homes, etc. are, for the most part, "posted" and those little signs have the "force of law" behind them. Ignore the sign and you can lose your CCP. But that may also be why most doctors around here don't ask questions like that.
Since I retired from the Army (1991) and started having to go to civilian doctors, I have been asked that question only once by a doctor. The question was on one of the forms I had to fill out and I left it blank. When I got in to see her, she was absolutely livid that I had not answered that question and, quite aggressively, informed me that I had to answer it as it was the law.
When I was finally able to quit laughing, I grabbed my forms, further infuriating her, and left. Found another, far less confrontational and far less nosy, doctor.
Bottom line is this: The doctor can ask any question they wish to. If that question is not directly connected to the reason you are seeing the doctor, nothing says you have to answer them.
It's not, fortunately, all women doctors. The young lady who is my primary care physician and the young woman who is my cardiologist are both sweethearts and both strive to give me the very best of care. Some of the male doctors I have seen over the last twenty-seven years have been as bad, if not worse, than that one woman doctor.
They don't mean to kill .... but I assume when they do that they still get paid for their work. What would that make those doctors?