Personal Beliefs Can Pit Healthcare Workers Against Patients and Colleagues
John Rossheim / Monster Senior Contributing Writer
Healthcare Workers’ Conscience vs. Patients’ Rights
The disagreement is deeply entrenched.
“This is a conflict of the constitutionally based right of conscience and the patient’s right of convenience,” says Dr. David Stevens, executive director of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
Others say healthcare workers who refuse to provide treatment are breaching their professional duty to put the patient first.
Present and future healthcare workers need to know that these legal, ethical and ideological battles threaten to alter professional relationships and change career arcs.