Nicholas A. Christakis+ Your Authors @NAChristakis Sterling Professor of Social & Natural Science at Yale. Physician. Author of Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society. Luckily wed @ErikaChristakis Feb. 18, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

This seems bad policy. It’s our DUTY to treat all human beings, & that includes murderers & other criminals & racists. We risk our lives to provide care in epidemics. What are bad words compared to that? What if patient has Tourette’s,TLE, or intoxication?  https://news.sky.com/story/nhs-staff-can-refuse-to-treat-racist-or-sexist-patients-under-new-rules-11937175 

This ad, for an episode of the hit TV show ER, showing an all-black medical team still trying to save the life of a man in full KKK regalia, is powerful precisely because it illustrates this fundamental truth about our duty as health care providers.  https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/emergent-situation/ 

Nor do I think a pharmacist can pick and choose which prescription to fill (eg abortifacients lawfully prescribed) based on their own morals.

Responses have fascinated me. How about this: just as I wouldn’t countenance a health care worker refusing to treat a homosexual, so too would I not support a health care worker refusing to treat a homophobe. Very nature of the health professions is about caring for *all* humans.


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