Betty Giebelhaus

I am aware that the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Alberta are thinking of requiring doctors to refer patients for every type of medical procedure, even so-called procedures like euthanasia or abortion that many doctors may not want to participate in. Referring for a procedure is a form of participation, and this policy change could push many people out of the profession. When there is such an acute shortage of medical providers, I personally know of at least 2 medical interns that decided to change professions as they foresaw that they would be forced to compromise their conscience decisions. Patients would still be able to get a second opinion by seeing another dr. I value being able to have a doctor who sticks to their principles. Forcing doctors to refer for procedures they disagree with will force doctors out of the profession, or move away, making access even more difficult.

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