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Does anyone know of an atheist doctor out there?

By bluestocking - 7 June 2011 47

Personal issues come up with doctors needless to say, and I would prefer to know that the advice or attitude I am being presented with is one that concurs with my own and is not tainted with the arbitrary values of religion.

Does anyone know where there might be a medical practitioner in Canberra/Queanbeyan who is atheist, or at least, non-religious?

What’s Your opinion?


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Does anyone know of an atheist doctor out there?
Eppo 1:11 pm 07 Jun 11

With doctors like this (http://the-riotact.com/homophobic-doctor-in-charnie/32267) getting around, I don’t think asking for an atheist doctor is an un-reasonable request.

I’d prefer my GP ‘untainted’ too.

WillowJim 12:32 pm 07 Jun 11

If it really to youmatters (but why should it?), avoid Majura Medical Centre in Dickson, where they definitely bash the bible. But I’ve been there and have been treated very well, without any sermons.

BBerry 12:05 pm 07 Jun 11

If you have had an experience with a doctor who has used their religious beliefs to provide inappropriate or biased medical advice, I would urge you to make a complaint to the Human Rights Commissioner.

Henry82 12:02 pm 07 Jun 11

ScienceRules said :

Even when providing contraception advice and family planning they have to stick to the AMA guidelines and give you medical services that are free from opinion.

+1

My (retired) doctor was strongly Christian, however it was never discussed or came into play with any medical advice. I’d never visit again if that was the case.

Is this subtle ‘im looking for a Caucasian doctor’ thread? or have you had a bad experience with a doc?

p1 11:49 am 07 Jun 11

Just introduce yourself with the fact that you are a married vegan lesbian who got pregnant at a Satan worshipping orgy (the father is a gay priest), and that you need to have an abortion and breast enlargement.

If they object….

Captain RAAF 11:12 am 07 Jun 11

A sure give-away that someone has a religious object, my money’s on a statue of Mary, firmly stuck where it shouldn’t be!

Watson 10:40 am 07 Jun 11

If it’s in any way related to female medical issues I can recommend Sexual Health and Family Planning in Civic. But other than that, I wouldn’t know.

harvyk1 10:33 am 07 Jun 11

I do believe that most doctors out there don’t bring their own religious views into patient treatment. There are exceptions, but they are usually easily spotted by having the name of a saint in their practice (or hospital) name…

Of course you could always ask the doctor if their religious beliefs will have any effect on your treatments… Such doctors will always give an honest (and proud) answer.

Classified 10:27 am 07 Jun 11

Jim Jones said :

Mysteryman said :

“…and is not tainted with the arbitrary values of religion”.

*rollseyes*

Perhaps you could explain how the values of religion aren’t arbitrary?

I suspect the problem was use of the term ‘tainted’.

Jim Jones 10:21 am 07 Jun 11

Mysteryman said :

“…and is not tainted with the arbitrary values of religion”.

*rollseyes*

Perhaps you could explain how the values of religion aren’t arbitrary?

Mysteryman 10:09 am 07 Jun 11

ScienceRules said :

Surely it would be pretty unusual, and completely unethical, for a GP to bring up religion at all. Even when providing contraception advice and family planning they have to stick to the AMA guidelines and give you medical services that are free from opinion.

Have you had a bad experience in the past? Perhaps getting in touch with the local atheist or humanist groups would see you right.

+1.

Mysteryman 10:09 am 07 Jun 11

“…and is not tainted with the arbitrary values of religion”.

*rollseyes*

ScienceRules 9:52 am 07 Jun 11

Surely it would be pretty unusual, and completely unethical, for a GP to bring up religion at all. Even when providing contraception advice and family planning they have to stick to the AMA guidelines and give you medical services that are free from opinion.

Have you had a bad experience in the past? Perhaps getting in touch with the local atheist or humanist groups would see you right.

The Frots 9:16 am 07 Jun 11

I think I understand what your asking………………………..I think.

Anyway, there are doctors who are uninhibited by reglious or personal views who can probably help. Most of the larger medical centres will have them and if you ask, you’ll be directed to one. But you must ask. I know a couple who are religious and who have a sign in the foyer stating they will not perform certain procedures.

Good luck with it………..whatever it may be.

Deref 9:16 am 07 Jun 11

I suggest you call around the various GP practices and say that you’re looking for a non-religious GP. They should be honest.

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