Should patients pick doctors based on religion, race or sex?
A Canadian medical society believes patients should be discouraged from demanding a doctor of a particular race, religion or sex.
From intimate questions to intimate examinations ... physicians cross personal boundaries and stretch the comfort levels of many patients. Patients often respond by making demands of their doctors. But some doctors believe not all demands should be tolerated.
Earlier this week the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada put out a position statement calling for its members to resist patient requests to be treated by doctors of a particular race, religion or sex.
- Dr. Jennifer Blake has been a gynecologist for more than 30 years and is CEO of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. She was in Ottawa.
- Dr. Kevin Pottie is part-time family doctor and chair of the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health at the University of Ottawa.
- Dr. Nicole Nitti is family physician and medical director at Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services. She is also a part time emergency physician in the Muskoka area of Ontario . She was in Toronto.
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This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.
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