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Can doctors say 'NO'?

Doctors are health-care professionals who are bound by certain ethical obligations enshrined in the Hippocrates oath. However, the introduction of the Consumer Protection Act has redefined the doctor-patient relationship to that between a customer and a service provider.

Is it then OK for a doctor to refuse to see a patient who is not an emergency and whom they do not wish to treat? A patient's right to consent to or refuse treatment is widely accepted. Patients can pick and chose their doctors and take a second opinion as well. However, can doctors exercise the same right? So, can a doctor

 
Q. Refuse to perform an abortion for genuine medical reasons if his or her religion forbids this?

47.80%
Yes

45.80%
No

6.50%
Can't Say
YesNoCan't Say
 
Q. Refuse to prescribe contraceptives to a girl who is not mentally stable?

52.50%
Yes

39.50%
No

8.00%
Can't Say
YesNoCan't Say
Q. Refuse a liver transplant to a alcoholic who refuses to reform?

61.10%
Yes

31.30%
No

7.60%
Can't Say
YesNoCan't Say
 
Q. Refuse to treat a patient who cannot afford the treatment and it is not a life-threatening situation (like face-lift, Botox, etc.)?

76.40%
Yes

20.10%
No

3.50%
Can't Say
YesNoCan't Say
Q. Refuse treatment when a patient or member of a patient's family forces the doctor to provide a treatment that is not in accordance with the current standard of care?

84.60%
Yes

11.90%
No

3.50%
Can't Say
YesNoCan't Say
 
Q. Refuse to see a patient who is aggressive and rude?

53.10%
Yes

40.30%
No

6.60%
Can't Say
YesNoCan't Say
 
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