Sweden: When discrimination is allowed

I personally favor people being able to choose their doctor, excluding urgent cases or when there is only one qualified doctor around.  However, if you decide that women aren't allowed to choose their gynaecologist, then why allow women of certain types to continue doing so?  Does a "regular" Swedish woman who doesn't want a man examining her most private parts have less rights than an immigrant woman?

Women in southern Sweden will in the future not be able to choose the sex of their gynaecologist. Allowing them to choose discriminates against male gynaecologists, it has been ruled.

The new practice has been introduced by clinics in the counties of Skåne, Halland, Blekinge and Kronoberg. Gynaecological patients in those areas will now be assigned a doctor of either sex, Helsingborgs Dagblad reports.

Exceptions will be made in some cases, such as for women who come from parts of the world with 'patriarchal traditions' or for the victims of sexual assaults , the paper reported. These women could insist on a female gynaecologist.

Women with less specific reasons for wanting a female gynaecologists may be turned down.

The changes have been brought in because many male gynaecologists have felt discriminated against.

Claes Lindoff, head of female healthcare at Helsingborg Hospital, said that the problem existed all over the country, but admitted that it only applied to "a hundred cases a year of our 15,000 visits."

Allowing women to refuse treatment by male gynaecologists also causes problems for clinics, for instance when there are no female gynaecologists on duty at the time or when a man on duty is better qualified than a female colleague.

Source: The Local (English)

See also: Sweden: When incitement is allowed

1 comment:

freelance radical said...

Choosing a female MD would discriminate against male MD's......people can be soooo weird!

Of course, the best thing is to never ever need a gynecologist at all!