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Should patients pick doctors based on religion, race or sex?

<ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">'It happens all the time': Patients shouldn't be allowed to choose doctor based on race, medical group says </a> - The National Post </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Gynecologist group: don't let patients pick Dr. based on sex, race, religion</a> - CJAD News Radio </li> </ul>
Canadians are typically free to choose any doctor they like. But what about shunning doctors they don't like because of their skin colour or religion or sex? The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has just taken a position on this and we hear what it's decided and why.

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.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Kristin Nelson.

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