Health Care Provider Refusals to Treat, Prescribe, Refer or Inform: Professionalism and Conscience

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 8, 2007

Health Care Provider Refusals to Treat, Prescribe, Refer or Inform: Professionalism and Conscience – by R. Alta Charo, February 8, 2007

  • In this issue brief, Professor Charo examines the debates surrounding health care provider refusals to provide health care services…She analyzes the ethical arguments that have been offered in support of provider refusals and gives rejoinders to them. The paper then discusses in more detail the duty of professionals to provide services, based on the prevailing medical ethic of universal care, the principle of non-discrimination, and other considerations. Finally, several policy options are suggested, such as treating heath care providers as public accommodations that may not discriminate based on sex, and requiring refusing providers to facilitate the referral of patients to other providers to ensure that every member of the public has access to needed health care services.”
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