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How to deal with patient prejudice

from FiercePracticeManagement

When patients refuse care on the basis of their doctor's race or ethnic background, it raises a series of difficulties for both physicians involved and for the institutions that employ them. A story in Medscape Medical News looked at the ethical, legal and clinical quandaries generated by such cases. Competent patients have a right to choose who administers their care. But in the case of an openly racist patient, that right has to be balanced against a physician's employment rights, as well as the physician's right to respectful and dignified treatment, says Alicia Fernández, M.D., who co-authored a recent New England Journal of Medicine article on the subject. more


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