Lawsuits highlight challenge of patients who refuse to see doctors or nurses of different race

  • Article by: JEFF KAROUB , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 22, 2013 - 8:04 PM
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keaton12Feb. 22, 13 8:21 PM

I had an Indian physician perform acupuncture on me. She did not clean off my skin before sticking me with needles and some were near my spine. I never went back. I am not sure if it was the physician or the practice of acupuncture but I was not comfortable going back.

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macmac911Feb. 22, 13 8:24 PM

I for one would want to have the best care regardless of race or sex or anything else when I'm in the hospital. However the last time I checked we still live in a free country and if a patient for what ever reason does not want someone working on them, they should have the right, just like the hospital should also have the right to refuse service to a patient. However we as a society have reached a point where we feel we know what is best for everyone, and this now will have to be regulated and ajudicated to death.

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falcon1681Feb. 22, 13 8:35 PM

I for one would love to see a breakdown of the political affiliations of the people who refuse treatment from a medical practitioner based on racial makeup. I'd be willing to bet a year’s pay that that would be the most telling aspect of this issue.

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bebebigaloFeb. 22, 13 8:44 PM

Hmmm, let baby die or give into father? Let me see, how stupid is that nurse?

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parn0015Feb. 22, 13 8:50 PM

I think it is reasonable to request treatment from who you feel comfortable with. Especially with foreign trained doctors, you cannot be sure of the quality of their education. Also, if you need to discuss a nuanced matter, it can be difficult with someone who speaks poor english.

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sisomgFeb. 22, 13 8:55 PM

When I was a medical student, male patients, especially Arabic and African men, loudly refused to be treated by a woman, and my clinical supervisors bent over backwards to accommodate them. (If I as a young woman had refused to be treated by male physicians, I would have gone without any medical treatment, since there were no female physicians available in rural MN in those days). I wonder why it's ok for patients to discriminate re: gender of their caregiver, but not re: the race? I felt just as rejected and humiliated when patients had a fit and refused to be treated by me on the basis of my gender. Gee I wish I'd known that I could sue the college for this.... I was so used to being mistreated on the basis of gender that it never even occured to me that litigation might be in order.

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bobblumenfelFeb. 22, 13 9:18 PM

I have yet to see whether or not that swastika-bearer also had preferences against Jewish doctors.

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thisislameFeb. 22, 13 9:30 PM

This is not a race issue, but a perception of race issue. I am a foreign born white doctor who has no issues with patients. I was born in the Netherlands and am perceived to be American. My wife was born in America by American parents whose ancestors are from the Phillippines. People object to her because she is "asian". I am technically more asian than she is.

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mylittleidFeb. 22, 1310:16 PM

thisislame - Thank you for posting a perfect example of how ridiculous and stupid these prejudices are. Skin color, nationality, etc. have nothing whatsoever to do with skill as a physician. Imagine if someone came into the hospital and insisted that no one over 5 feet tall be allowed to touch their baby. Everyone would think they were crazy. Well exactly how is that different from insisting their skin be a certain color?

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sntenbenselFeb. 22, 1310:19 PM

The nurse in this story was concerned she may lose her job if she treated the abay. No doubt she would have if the child was gravely in need of intervention. Where I work and see patients one has to truly balance the need. I would not want my staff subjected to degrading abuse based on gender or race. Health care worker out up with a lot. As a female practitioner if I go see a patient who is a clearly in hatred of me based on my race/gender, we have staff that can do the job to satisfy that patient. Sometimes I have another staff member with me. This is not always the case. This hospital was wrong to protect this particular request and should have a strong effective strategy in place. Patient would be out of luck if the facility had NO ONE available to accommodate them Perhaps such as transferring the patient to another hospital. Accommodating hatred has no place. Much of these other comments were baseless and ignorant, and yes readers, racist.

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