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Dear Dr
Black eye

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



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I have a buddy who is a Kaiser enrollee here in Denver. He had a problem with a new primary care physician that was assigned to him. Sensing this guy had an issue, he just asked the doctor if he had a problem treating a gay man. His reply was, "Kaiser says I'm not supposed to, but yes, I do have a personal problem with it." The doc then gave him the name of another primary care doc that "usually takes care of all of them." It's your right to choose any PCP available to you. Just ask - you pay the premium to these folks. You shouldn't have to put up with a biggot.

No... Kaiser shouldn't put up with bigots. That doctor you mention should be fired. You can't say "well, my boss won't let me say this... but I really hate Asians." The preamble is not an excuse.

Edited at 2009-01-17 04:36 pm (UTC)

I agree with you 100%. I wish Kaiser did, too.

No - you cannot say "I really hate Asians."

But you're not asian, now are you?

You're gay. In America. Where the new president asked a pastor who is anti-gay to deliver maybe the most important theological expression in the country, on the president's second most important day of his life (assuming his marriage or birth beats the inauguration).

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