Medical care may depend on your doctor’s  political views

The care you get from your doctor may depend on his or her political views (Karen Kaplan)

“…(D)octors were more likely to say that they would counsel a patient seeking an abortion to consider the mental health consequences of going through with the procedure if they were registered to vote as Republicans than as Democrats. Likewise, doctors registered as Democrats were more likely to urge patients who owned guns to keep them out of their homes, while doctors registered as Republicans were more likely to ask if the guns were stored safely… Republican and Democratic doctors agreed about the seriousness of the health issues…Patients aren’t the only ones who should be aware of how ideology plays in the exam room, Hersh and Goldenberg wrote: “Given the politicization of certain health issues, it is imperative that physicians consider how their own political views may impact their professional judgments.”


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http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/la-sci-sn-doctors-democrats-republicans-20161003-snap-story.html





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