Melissa McCracken

Alberta has done a really good job up until now of permitting access to morally contested procedures without compelling physicians to be involved in referring for procedures that they find morally or professionally objectable. What's changed that this edict mandating effective referrals is now necessary? We have more information at our fingertips on accessing services now than we have had at any time previous, and a patient does not need a doctor's referral to access any morally contested procedure. So why make the doctor refer? Why make a physician complicit in something that he or she doesn't want to be involved in? Can't you live and let live? Please don't mandate that physicians must provide effective referrals.

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