Physician, Heal Thy Hippocratic Oath!
April 2, 2010 1:19 PM Subscribe
‘If You Voted for Obama, Seek Urologic Care Elsewhere’
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'A doctor who considers the national health-care overhaul to be bad medicine for the country posted a sign on his office door telling patients who voted for President Barack Obama to seek care "elsewhere."' This is but a new twist in the continuing debate over a physician's right to refuse treatment
The Hippocratic Oath
has collided with the law before. The courts have found that anti-bias laws outweigh religion, as when state justices ruled in the case of a lesbian
. New laws have shored up providers’ right to refuse treatment based on values
This latest development pushes the debate even further. "Cassell may be walking a thin line between his right to free speech and his professional obligation, said William Allen, professor of bioethics, law and medical professionalism at the University of Florida's College of Medicine.
Allen said doctors cannot refuse patients on the basis of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability, but political preference is not one of the legally protected categories specified in civil-rights law. By insisting he does not quiz his patients about their politics and has not turned away patients based on their vote, the doctor is "trying to hold onto the nub of his ethical obligation," Allen said.
"But this is pushing the limit," he said."