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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Do not always expect straight talk from your doctor about treatments he or she disapproves of — 14 percent of physicians believe it is acceptable to withhold information about medical options they oppose morally, such as teen birth control, abortion and sedating dying patients, according to a survey published Wednesday.<br><br>
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So much for that ol' Hoppocratic Oath. Who needs it anyway?
 

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Guess I need to add a few more questions to my list of questions when interviewing for a new Doctor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I have found that a patient's level of pain control can depend on the doctor's personal, often religious, beliefs. Some people feel that the use of narcotics is somehow morally wrong, that there's something righteous about suffering. Because these drugs can slow heartrate/breathing some doc's feel they should not be used--they could hasten death in a dying patient. I'm aware that many opiate-derived drugs carry the risk of addiction, but the vast majority of people can use them temporarily and effectively to treat severe pain. Give me the doc who works to minimize suffering as much as possible, and reads the research that pain slows healing.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
So tired of providers imposing their personal beliefs on those they treat. Don't want to talk about/perform abortion? Don't take care of women of childbearing age. The issue will come up. Don't believe in adequately treating pain? Why are you taking care of people in pain?<br><br>
It's not like anyone is required to work in health care. Why do it if you can't care for the patient's needs instead of your own?
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>KatWrangler</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/7240984"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">Do not always expect straight talk from your doctor about treatments he or she disapproves of</div>
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Sounds very much like my previous OB who was anti-Natural Family Planning and tried to push me into getting my tubes tied. She told me NFP would be "far too dangerous" to me, and that a future pregnancy would be deadly for me and the babe. Luckily I got second and third opinions which disagreed, but- she certainly didn't send me for those....
 

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I'm saddened, but not surprised <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
... but... sedating a dying patient??? What kind of freak won't offer palliative care to a dying patient??? What kind of moral objection could they have to that? "It's your lot in life to suffer while dying, sucker. No morphine for you. See ya later, call me on my yacht if the pain lessens, I'll send someone to step on your toes."
 

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I totally believe it, as I have been on the receiving end of crap like that.<br><br>
I had a Family Practitioner refuse to write me a referral to an OB/GYN so that I could talk to the OB/GYN about getting pg again. I already had a documented case of anovulatory PCOS and had used IVF to conceive ds, before we moved and started using this FP. The FP decided that not only wouldn't he write a referral, he started discussing NFP with me. While I think NFP can be a useful tool, it was totally inappropriate in my situation. I can sort of understand him not wanting to write Rx's for BC and stuff like that, but he should be required to refer me to someone who would. I had to file a report against the FP.
 

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<div>Originally Posted by <strong>tboroson</strong> <a href="/community/forum/post/7244442"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm saddened, but not surprised <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
... but... sedating a dying patient??? What kind of freak won't offer palliative care to a dying patient???</div>
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A freak who is concerned about the DEA swooping in and arresting her or him, perhaps. The government's attacks on physicians who prescribe painkillers, under the auspices of the War on Drugs, has been making a lot of practitioners very nervous.
 

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I'm not.</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Guess I'm going to look for non-churchgoing medical practitioners from now on.</div>
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that's not very fair either. not all church going Drs are going to enforce their beliefs on you in your time of need. i would suggest talking it out with any Dr you have. and lets not foget that it doesn't have to be a church going Dr. there are plenty of Athiest Drs out there who would go against religious wishes of their patients and be applauded for it in certain circles. i would rather judge a Dr on how they will treat me rather then what they believe or don't.
 

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Wow- newsflash- doctors are human!<br><br>
I can understand not bringing up the subject if it's something they're morally opposed to (and thus probably wouldn't think of doing it in their own personal situation so maybe it simply didn't occur to him/her), but if the patient brings it up shouldn't they respond? And if the patient demands a referrral to a specialist shouldn't they have to oblige (esp if insurance won't cover the specialist without the referral.)?
 

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If a doctor has a problem with prescribing something or doing a procedure, they need to willingly make a referral to somebody who will. And yes, a doctor should make a referral to a specialist if a patient wants one, patients should be allowed to get second opinions if they feel the need.
 

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So tired of providers imposing their personal beliefs on those they treat. Don't want to talk about/perform abortion? Don't take care of women of childbearing age. The issue will come up. Don't believe in adequately treating pain? Why are you taking care of people in pain?<br><br>
It's not like anyone is required to work in health care. Why do it if you can't care for the patient's needs instead of your own?</div>
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Just curious - would you say the same about a doc who refused to perform circs or refer for them?
 

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Doctors can be as human as they want to be, but they need to be able to separate their religious beliefs from the practice of medicine. I cannot understand how they would not bring up medical options just because they personally are opposed to them. If they can't do that, there are many other fields of work for them to pursue.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just curious - would you say the same about a doc who refused to perform circs or refer for them?</div>
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I don't believe in circ, but it's part of my job to do the prep for them. in the end, they are the parents, they are making a legal choice for their child, no matter what I think of that choice. Why does a woman seeking abortion or birth control care deserve any less?
 
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