Meaning, would you stop seeing a doctor who has non-mainstream beliefs, even if those beliefs are not directly related to whatever their field of medicine is or to how they are treating you? Two things inspired this question.
A dentist I went to last week was very friendly and professional, however she told me that she believes it was extremely cold this winter due to a new cycle in the Mayan calendar. I just smiled politely and she didn’t push the subject. When I told a friend about this she said she would not have trusted the dentist in regards to doing proper dental work, although in this case it was actually a hygienist who cleaned my teeth and she seemed competent and professional. The dentist also didn’t raise any red flags aside from that bizarre statement.
A girl I went to high school with is studying to become a doctor at Columbia University. I have no idea what area of medicine she plans to go into. However she did post online a video from a pro-life website claiming that fetuses are aborted alive and left to die, therefore we should all think about second trimester abortions. She did not respond well to factual information and cites from unbiased websites explaining that a) ethical and competent practitioners do not leave living fetuses to die after birth unless resuscitation would be futile (aside from the fact that I cannot find any unbiased websites with information about fetuses being born alive post abortion in the first place) and b) women do not have late term abortions on a whim in most cases.
I think example 2 is more alarming because while she is entitled to not believe in abortion for moral reasons, I think that viewing citations from unbiased resources that disagree with one’s belief as a personal attack shows a huge lack of critical thinking skills which is a little disturbing in a doctor. And I think a doctor who does not believe in abortion should refer a patient to a doctor who is willing to consider that option especially if the woman’s health is endangered or there is a non-viable fetus. I feel the same way about any medical procedure a doctor would be opposed to for moral reasons, although abortion is the most common medical procedure that falls under this category.
Anyway- my point is- even if this woman were to become a standard general practitioner- would you be alarmed if you had a doctor who believed in something strange or unproven whether it be Mayans affecting the weather or something more controversial such as being known to promote biased, potentially untruthful information (doesn’t necessarily have to be abortion related)? Would you drop them over concerns that the issue indicates they may not be a competent doctor overall or would you let it go, especially if it did not affect your treatment?