If a doc refuses to do their job for any reason, they shouldn't be allowed to practice.
Montana wrote:If a patient comes asking for an abortion, would you fault him/her for declining?If a doc refuses to do their job for any reason, they shouldn't be allowed to practice.
neologist wrote:Montana wrote:If a patient comes asking for an abortion, would you fault him/her for declining?If a doc refuses to do their job for any reason, they shouldn't be allowed to practice.
I am personally appalled that a doctor would use his personal beliefs as a measuring stick for provision of medical care. On the other hand, a person should not be forced to do what he finds morally inappropriate.
I think that all hospitals and doctors that will not provide certain procedures need to have that fact listed prominently on their doors, their business cards, and on their letterheads and advertisements, so people know, from the getgo, that they need to go elsewhere for the services.
Perhaps a logo could be developed that would alert potential patients to the fact that this particular doctor or hospital will not provide certain services.
A religous doc would scare the hell out of me and wouldn't touch me with a ten foot pole.
Montana wrote:A religous doc would scare the hell out of me and wouldn't touch me with a ten foot pole.
I had an interesting experience some years ago. There are a group of ophthalmologists in my area who have an excellent reputation. They also are known as a group of "born agains". My husband made an appointment with one of them.
Here he is, lying in a chair, his eyes dilated, and this doctor is having a religious "discussion" with my husband. I was very uncomfortable about this. I told my husband that I would never go to this person, even though his care was excellent. I thought that disussing religion with a patient in not appropriate. My husband was much more stoic about it.
"What do I care? I just let him talk", he said!
What do YOU think about that?
I'd be afraid to answer him for fear he would poke out my eye.
Personally, I'm calling my doctor on Monday to find out if there are any procedures he would not perform due to a religious belief. I'm a guy so I don't have to worry about abortions or birth-control pills, but I can refuse to go to a doctor that would refuse legal care to a woman on religious grounds.
I suggest that everyone who agrees does the same thing.
If it's ok for a doctor to refuse to provide legal care to his patients, and the argument being that there are other doctors the patient can go to, then wouldn't that same logic apply to that Muslim taxi-driver?
The overall consensus of that thread was that if they can't do the job they are licensed by the state to do becuase of their religion, then they should find another job.