Your Surgeon Is Probably a Republican, Your Psychiatrist Probably a Democrat
Do Republicans in medical school gravitate to certain fields and Democrats gravitate to another? Based on new data discussed today in the New York Times that appears to be the case.
A breakdown of the medical specialties and how they lean Republican or Democrat is pretty illuminating:
The real question is, does it matter whether your doctor is one or the other? Potentially. If an issue you are discussing with your doctor has a political nature to it (marijuana use, gun use, or a history of abortions) your doctor may counsel you in different ways depending on their political affiliation. As noted in the Times:
When it came to the patient with a history of abortions, doctors who were Republican said they would be more likely to encourage the patient to seek counseling and express concern about mental health consequences; they also said they would be more likely to discourage the patient from seeking future abortions. For the patient who used marijuana, Republican doctors said they’d be more likely to ask the patient to cut back and to discuss legal risks of using the drug, which is banned under federal and most state laws. For the patient with guns, doctors who were Democrats indicated they’d be more likely to tell the patient not to keep guns at home. Republican doctors, on the other hand, would be more likely to discuss safe storage options.
Although certainly one can receive top-notch care from a doctor with a differing political view than ones own, if a patient is seeking treatment related to an issue that is politically divisive, it may be worthwhile to inquire about your doctor’s feelings regarding that issue.
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