Another thing, and while I know many people dislike the slippery-slope argument, I do find it has some validity. Should a doctor dismiss a parent for allowing their kid to get fat? Not exercise? A parent for smoking? Should a GP be able to dismiss me for being fat? All of the above have far higher risk factors than vaccination status.
Part of me thinks a doctor should be able by law to dismiss a patient (maybe not in Canada where they are paid for by taxes, and would thus be beholden to government guidelines on providing care) but being allowed to does not equal should. Dismissing a patient for anything but extreme non compliance on big issues seems off and cold to me.
No I really get it about the slippery slope argument. I don't think a doctor should be able to dismiss you for those personal qualities, healthy or no.
I do think a doctor should be allowed to ask his or her patients to follow the standard of care he ascribes to.
As in my example before, I was dismissed by an ob/gyn and moved on to another. I wish I'd known beforehand about the standard before I spent my $125 but that's life. Vax as a standard is well known and pretty universal, but I still don't think it's the norm to kick non-vaxxed kids to the curb, is it? I had a friend and her little one over for dinner tonight and he is completely unvaxxed with the same ped we go to, no problem. Maybe we just live in a more crunchy community and the practices are all dealing with it.
Possibly a doc who would go so far as to dismiss over vax thinks it is a big issue.