Refusing treatment from healthcare professionals of the opposite gender
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Should we Catholics be refusing to receive certain kinds of care from healthcare professionals who are not the same gender?  The most obvious concern I have is of Women's Complaints.  I have no idea what goes on in an examination by a Women's Complaints doctor (and I'm not sure I want to know), but something tells me that something is wrong about a woman allowing a male gynecologist to treat or examine her for routine things even if there is no temptation to do anything scandalous.  My mother's last gynecologist was a man who practiced for more than thirty years and she didn't seem uncomfortable about it.

My question also applies to men seeking treatment for certain things.  I don't mean something like having a female hygienist when visiting the dentist for a regular checkup, but if there are problems in or with certain areas should female nurses or doctors be asked to leave the treatment room?

Obviously in a critical situation a physician or professional of the opposite gender may be necessary as a last resort, but I'm asking about regular or urgent visits to a physician.
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Refusing treatment from healthcare professionals of the opposite gender - by dark lancer - 08-16-2010, 09:34 PM



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