This came up today; do patients have a legal right to request a doctor or nurse of the same gender? If so, is there a written law that says so?
I have always seen a female GYN and I am more comfortable with that. The practice asked when I called, if I preferred a male or female doctor. I thought that was fairly standard practice. For reasons of modesty, many woman are comfortable with a woman. I suspect some men are more comfortable speaking with a male doctor about sensitive issues as well.
In conversation today, someone claimed that was gender discrimination and illegal. They said I should cite the law where it says a person can legally request a doctor or nurse of the same gender.
Now I understand in an emergency room, there is no time to be requesting same gender. But as far as choosing a GYN or GP? Or asking that a female nurse be present in the room when a male doctor examines you? I thought that was fairly normal.
I don’t know enough about the law to respond either way. Is it gender discrimination to ask for a female doctor for pelvic exams? Is it wrong? Is there a law stating women (or men) have the right to a same gender doctor or nurse?
Someone claimed during this discussion that asking for a specific gender of medical professional was no different than asking for a specific race of medical professional. I think that’s way off base.
Such a sensitive topic!