Gynecologist group: don't let patients pick Dr. based on sex, race, religion
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada have released a statement saying patients should not pick doctors based on gender, religion or ethnicity, especially in "time sensitive" cases.
The statement says hospitals and clinics should not be expected to provide alternative care to patients who have these kinds of special requests.
“Patients can decline the care offered, but should take full responsibilities for those actions,” the statement on their web site says.
"We were made aware that it's becoming problematic in certain areas throughout Canada, that some patients request specific people to give them care and in a situation of emergency this can put a woman or her baby at risk," Dr. Isabelle Girard, President of the Quebec Association of Gynecologists, who helped write the statement, told CJAD.
“As a male and a Jew I would understand completely if a Muslim woman, for example, was very uncomfortable to see me on a ongoing basis for a very elective type of medical care, this happens all the time and it’s human nature, patients select doctors they are most comfortable with and when we talk about that kind of care, I have no problem with it at all,” Dr. Cleve Ziegler, Director of Gynecology at the Jewish General Hospital, told CJAD.
Dr. Ziegler added that when patients have a serious issue those preferences typically go out the window and patients seek out the most qualified help.
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