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View Poll Results: Your doctors gender
I'm a woman who prefers to be treated by a man doctor 11 4.31%
I'm a woman who prefers to be treated by a woman doctor 52 20.39%
I'm a man who prefers to be treated by a man doctor 57 22.35%
I'm a man who prefers to be treated by a woman doctor 20 7.84%
I truly don't care about the gender of my doctor 115 45.10%
Voters: 255. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-24-2013, 10:12 AM
 
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If they can do the job and I'm comfortable around them, I don't care.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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I have been a patient at a Toronto hospital for over 10 years.

The Family Practice unit has a team system, that has a number of Doctors on three different teams.

I have a primary care Doctor, who directs two medical students , who are spending a year in Family Practice, as Residents. I usually like the way this works, as I get lots of attention and follow up by my main DR.

What I didn't like was when I was assigned a female Dr from Bahrain, who came in covered head to toe in a brown robe, with just her eyes uncovered. She took five minutes just to get her stethoscope into her ears, by threading it up from her feet, and into her head covering/veil. She asked me some questions and I could not understand a word that she was saying. After a few minutes of trying to understand her, I went out of the exam room and asked the secretary to find my primary Dr, and when he arrived, I explained that I didn't want this woman treating me. He said that I was not the only patient that had complained, and I would see him, in a few minutes.

I never saw her again. The fact that she was a woman was not important.... It was the communication barrier that caused the problem. Over the past 10 years I have had both male and female Residents take care of me at the Women`s College Hospital Family Practice unit, with good results.

Jim b

Toronto.
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:59 AM
 
Location: The beautiful Garden State
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I don't usually care what gender a doctor or dentist is -- except for my gynecologist -- for that I prefer a woman. Not just modesty issues, but because only a woman can really understand female body issues.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Wait until you're disrespected by a woman doctor.
not sure what you mean
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Old 06-24-2013, 10:20 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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A female DR understanding a females body issues?

A Male or Female go thru the same medical training.

Last time I had a visit to the VA Hospital for my Prostate exam it was done by a Female Resident MD with NO complaints from me as she was young and pretty and well educated I'm sure.
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:33 AM
 
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No one cares about the gender until the day their privacy is violated and they start to care.
They are not violating privacy. They are treating your illnesses with your consent. But I guess the above attitude is predictable from someone who is so wrapped up in hate for the medical industry that you go around suggesting that doctors want to KEEP you ill and sick and do not want to make you better.

I am not sure where the root of your hate for the medical industry stems from but it is leading to horrifically ill informed and even dangerous posts on this forum.

Also, still waiting for the citation requested in post #90 of this thread.
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Old 07-12-2013, 03:00 AM
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Not violating privacy huh? I don't have to guess, I know your attitude is patronizing and predictable, like so many providers, who apparently consider patient rights nothing but empty words. Paternalistic medicine is dead; get over it. Being treated with dignity and respect isn't rocket science. The fundamental issue is who defines privacy and dignity and how it's implemented equitably for all patients regardless of gender. News flash, the patient defines it; we are after all the PATIENT and paying customer. I shouldn't have to ask, insist, or demand to be treated with respect. Yet my real world experience with healthcare providers has been exactly the opposite.

I prefer male physicians for male health issues for the same reasons many women prefer female physicians for female health issues. When seeing a physician for the first time, I can be sure of exactly three things; gender, board certification, and the true professional status they've earned that permits me to discuss extremely personal health issues with a stranger and drop my pants for the resulting exam or recommended procedure. My consent isn't a blanket authorization for the female nurse/assistant, who've I've never met, arriving in the exam room unannounced, with little if any introduction, and no explanation of why their presence is required.

Or the male PA for a full body dermatology exam, who walked into the exam room with a female (nurse, medical assistant, tech, chaperon, or receptionist for all I know), without my consent. There is a professional distinction and their failure to identify themselves correctly, is at a minimum, ethically questionable if not illegal.

Or the female charge nurse, after being prepped privately for a cardiac catheterization procedure by a female tech, completely exposing me from the chest down in the OR, and shaving from the waistline down to include my inner thigh and genitals, while numerous "observers" watched, because the tech did a "poor" job.

Or the female nurse who stated that she would catheterize me if I couldn't urinate (my first attempt immobilized flat on my back) in the next 10 minutes even though I didn't need to urinate.

Or the three female nurses who just walked in and observed while two other female nurses obtained x-rays requiring complete nudity from the waist down.

Our healthcare is not a spectator sport. Whatever happened to patient advocacy, welfare, privacy, dignity, and simple consent prior to the event? If the genders were reversed, these same female providers would likely raise hell, and well they should. In contrast we're labeled as difficult patients!
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Gwinnett
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I am a man and I prefer male doctors. Don't know why but I just do
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:59 AM
 
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Not violating privacy huh? I don't have to guess, I know your attitude is patronizing and predictable, like so many providers, who apparently consider patient rights nothing but empty words. Paternalistic medicine is dead; get over it. Being treated with dignity and respect isn't rocket science. The fundamental issue is who defines privacy and dignity and how it's implemented equitably for all patients regardless of gender. News flash, the patient defines it; we are after all the PATIENT and paying customer. I shouldn't have to ask, insist, or demand to be treated with respect. Yet my real world experience with healthcare providers has been exactly the opposite.
The disrespect for patients privacy is reaching unbearable levels. If someone brought students to watch me, I would leave right away and file a complaint. I'm the one who decides what's done or not done in regards to my body and privacy.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:13 PM
 
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It makes sense to me that a person would choose a doctor of their own gender. Male and female bodies are different so if the doctor has the same parts, they can relate more.
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