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mudcub

Hello Kaiser Permanente,

 

I've got an appointment next week with my new doctor. Thank you for that. I'm sure he will be great. But I noticed that he graduated from Temple University, and listed "teaching in our church" as a hobby.

 

So, I need to ask: does my doctor mind treating gay people?

 

I shouldn't have to ask this question. In a perfect world, my doctor would be ethical and give me medical attention without regard to my sexual orientation. But thanks to new rules implemented by the Bush administration, medical professionals can refuse to give treatment based on their personal religious beliefs. So, I ask again... by any chance does my new doctor hate gay people like me?

 

Also, I expect he has a number of nurses and EMTs that will assist him. Please provide me with a list of all possible staff at that facility who might treat me, as well as their chosen religions and beliefs. In Bush's new world, even pharmacists can refuse to fill prescriptions for contraception, morning-after pills, and AIDS medications. I wouldn't want to find out about that when it's too late.

 

Since your company agrees with allowing your employees to refuse care based on their own whims and superstitions, lease send me a complete list of all Kaiser Permanente employees, their addresses, and if they are small-minded christian bigots. Thank you very much in advance.

 

Sincerely. No, seriously... very, very sincerely,

 

Patrick Kellogg

"mudcub"

 


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No, of course they don't a list like that available. In fact, employers are prohibited from asking questions about religion from *any* employee, current or potential.

I wonder if I can refuse to do anything at my job - making copies, filling out weekly status reports - and just tell my boss that it's against my religion. No questions asked.

The lists I'm familiar with simply indicate his medical background and stuff like that and indicated whether dealt with children or gay patients so you can decide from there. I ultimately found a gay doc who shares a clinic w/ another gay doc who wrote a book on gay men's health a few years back and had been generally pleased with him. But that was over 2 years ago when I last saw him.


See? *I* shouldn't have to bend over backward to find a doctor who would treat ne. They *all* should, or they should give up medicine

I largely agree but if a straight doc, he may not have the knowledge of some of the particular situations specific to gay men if nothing else.

Again, I repeat myself. If a doctor doesn't know the information to treat my illness, and refuses to look up the info due to anti-gay hatred, they should be fired. This isn't the middle east where only women doctors can treat women.

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