Shari Kelly

I greatly value being able to have a doctor who sticks to their principles. Freedom of conscience, and the ability to stand for what we believe in, are basic tenets in the Charter of Rights. Individuals seeking certain treatments, if their Dr will not refer, have the choices and the ability to seek out treatments from other doctors who align with their values. The current system is working fine, and I feel that forcing doctors to refer for procedures they disagree with will force doctors out of the profession or to sunnier destinations, making access even more difficult. Do not force doctors to provide referrals. Keep Freedoms of Choice available for both doctors and patients alike. Patients can always choose to find a doctor that aligns with their values, as long as doctors can choose to refer and keep their values intact while doing so. It's far better to have more doctors with varied values, than no doctors available at all.

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