With the extreme controversy that came with the most recent presidential election, differing political views are more prominent than ever. It has proven itself over and over again that political views have creeped into areas far from politics. Such as job hiring, relationships/friendships, churches and many others. A study conducted by Yale students says politics have now entered the doctor’s office.
The study included 20,000 doctors in 29 states across the country. They were given nine patients at random. Three of the patients brought up politically sensitive topics such as marijuana use, firearm possession, and abortion. The republican and democratic doctors gave significantly similar advice. Their treatment plans for issues such as depression, alcohol abuse, and obesity were all very similar. Republican doctors would stress the importance of family life (opposed to abortion) and not using marijuana. Democratic doctors would point out the importance of not having firearms in the house; republicans tended to just reinforce the importance of proper storage of these firearms. different medical advice on these three topics, but on non-political issues they gav
Many patients will choose a doctor based on their gender to feel more comfortable and get the kind of treatment best suited for them. Should doctors have to disclose their political views for patients to feel
more comfortable? Ultimately, doctors political views will affect the treatment they prescribe on politically sensitive issues, but doctors’ advice on these issues are merely suggestions. If a doctor says you should/shouldn’t have a firearm in your house, it is up to you to take this advice and determine your own political views on the issue.