Are doctors politically biased?

Physicians’ political beliefs affect medical treatment

Doctors’ political beliefs influence their treatment decisions on politicized health issues like marijuana use, gun safety, and abortion, suggests a new study by Yale University researchers. The researchers surveyed a sample of primary care physicians nationwide and discovered that on politically sensitive health issues, patients receive substantially different care depending on whether their doctor is a Democrat or Republican. They describe their findings in an article published in the Oct. 3 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “The evidence suggests that doctors allow their political views to influence their professional decisions in the medical exam room,” said Eitan Hersh, an assistant professor of political science and co-author of the study. “Just as patients choose physicians of a certain gender to feel more comfortable, our study suggests they may want to make a similar calculation based on their doctor’s political views.” …..[READ]