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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-05-08 09:57 AM
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Rant and a question
So, we've moved recently and I am trying to find a new doctor, as I'm due for some routine checks and need to update an ongoing prescription. (One that my insurance probably won't pay for, but that's another story.) I firmly want to find a pro-choice physician, to ensure that dogma isn't going to get in the way of my medical care, whether it be gastrointestinal or gynecological. But because physicians, justifiably so, have to be concerned about some Operation Rescue idiot shooting them in their kitchen, it's almost impossible to determine whether a particular doctor is pro-choice or not. Even Physicians for Reproductive Choice does not provide a listing of members for the public. Planned Parenthood will sometimes tell you which docs they work with, but because my insurance plan requires I use docs in the hospital where I work, that likely won't do me much good. And I doubt the departmental receptionist who schedules appointments will have any idea about that sort of information. (And it's not like I can afford, even with insurance, to make 10 office visits to figure out who is pro-choice.) My strategy in the past has been one of eliminating docs from the "possible" list based on what I can find on the Internet. It's not pretty, but it's about the only option: Membership in the Christian Physicians and Dentists Association, out. Receive kudos or awards from a pro-forced-birth organization, out. Attend a Catholic church, out. Get quoted talking about how wonderful abstinence education is, out.

So, what are the strategies you use to find pro-choice doctors?
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bliss_eternal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-05-08 12:27 PM
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1. Initially I was lucky with this... of the first NP's I had as an adult, was pro-choice. I found her through my work with planned parenthood. She worked with them as a care provider, and had an office in the same bldg. She was great.

After her, I relied on recs. from like-minded nurses with the medical group (when we had an hmo insurance). I'm also picky in the sense of a practitioner's bedside manner. I had one ob/gyn (female) that gave me this silent Pap that totally creeped me out. lol. I fired her after that. :scared:

Of late, I tend to find people based on my other health care concerns. If someone isn't open to my hippie, progressive, left-leaning natural medicince practices (compounding meds, herbals, etc.) that's an immediate no for me. Most that I've encountered that are open to this, tend to be pro "women taking charge of their health" so I assume by default, also pro-choice. So far so good. ;)
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-10-08 02:39 PM
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2. Thanks for your input
This time the process is especially tricky because I'm looking for an internist who can handle all my medical needs rather than just an OB-GYN. But I now know who my coworker sees, so I might start there.)
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