Democratic Or Republican: Doctors’ Political Views Affect Treatment

Posted: Oct 4 2016, 7:30am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Democratic or Republican: Doctors’ Political Views Affect Treatment
Illustration by Michael S. Helfenbein / Yale University
  • Whether your GP votes for Hillary or Trump can have an Impact on the Way he Treats You

Whether your GP votes for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump can have an absolutely massive impact on the way he treats you from a medical point of view.

Apparently, the political leaning of doctors can have an effect on their standard methods of treatment. Even such health issues as marijuana usage, gun control and pro-choice or pro-life decisions related to abortion can be deeply influenced by whether your GP votes for the “elephant or the donkey” in politically metaphorical terms.

The new study, published in the Oct. 3 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed conclusive proof of this statement was carried out by Yale experts.

Many primary care physicians were surveyed on a nationwide level. On many sensitive health concerns, the patients received different treatment based on whether their physician had a predilection for democrats or republicans.

Doctors tend to allow their political views to color their means of treating the ailing patients. Patients too tend to choose physicians based not only on their gender but their political viewpoints. Culture and medicine thus seem to affect each other in an intimate manner.

Over 20,000 primary care physicians in 29 states were studied in the research effort which took place. A sample of doctors with either democrat or republican sympathies were evaluated on key decision-making treatments.

These were: marijuana usage, gun safety and attitude towards abortion. The scenarios these ethical doctors were given included: a patient who was mature and used marijuana on a recreational basis, a parent with two little children and a man who kept firearms at his residence.

The doctors answered questions regarding the emergency status of each case and which treatments they would prefer for each scenario. Only where politics entered the equation did these GPs differ in their evaluation and plan of prophylaxis.   

This points out in a very subtle manner what occurs when doctors allow their political biases to affect their treatment procedures. To take this bias into consideration would greatly improve the treatment of patients undertaken by doctors.

They would be more sensitive to their patients’ needs rather than vice versa. Those with a Republican leaning tended to be concerned regarding marijuana usage and abortion for obvious reasons.

Those who were Democrats at heart were far more concerned with the firearms issue. Both Democrat and Republican physicians tended to treat patients in a similar manner on such non-political issues as depressive illness, alcoholism and the obesity epidemic. 

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