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Conflicts of Conscience in Health CareAn Institutional Compromise$
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Holly Fernandez Lynch

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262123051

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262123051.001.0001

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Moral Diversity in Medicine and the Ideal of Doctor-Patient Matching

Moral Diversity in Medicine and the Ideal of Doctor-Patient Matching

(p.79) 3 Moral Diversity in Medicine and the Ideal of Doctor-Patient Matching
Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care

Holly Fernandez Lynch

The MIT Press

This chapter describes the moral diversity in medicine and the idea of doctor–patient matching. It explains that excluding refusers entirely from various fields of medicine would be detrimental to the objectors themselves, and to the profession, patients, and, most importantly, society more generally. The chapter shows that matching doctors and patients based on their deeply held moral values is quite promising and may not even be entirely novel. It suggests that a proposal in which matching is paired with systems to ensure availability, as well as a reiteration of baseline professional obligations, can play significantly in resolving the controversy surrounding conscience in medicine.

Keywords:   moral diversity, medicine, doctor–patient matching, moral values, conscience, professional obligations

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