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Would You Accept a Gay or Lesbian Physician as Your Doctor?
A question I would like to pose to my blog readers today is about whether patients should request information about their physician’s sexual orientation and decide on the answers as to whether to have this doctor for their own and their family’s care. Would it make any difference to you whether your doctor was gay or lesbian or bisexual, if that doctor appeared and acted in a knowledgeable and humanistic manner and was performing a competent job? Would you accept a gay or lesbian physician as your doctor? Or is a physician’s sexual preference none of the patient’s business? This is a question probably not many patients think of as they acquire or continue care by a physician. Nevertheless, as physician Henry Ng writing in the current August 2010 issue of the AMA’s “Virtual Mentor” the matter of sexual orientation may come up with an innocent question by the patient, “are you married?” To understand the significance of sexual preference disclosure by the physician and the dilemmas that the doctor faces when challenged with questions by the patient regarding the physician’s personal life, read the article by Dr. Ng, return and write your opinions here. ..Maurice.