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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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Measuring Physician Supply and Limiting the Grounds for Physician Refusal

Measuring Physician Supply and Limiting the Grounds for Physician Refusal

(p.145) 6 Measuring Physician Supply and Limiting the Grounds for Physician Refusal
Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care

Holly Fernandez Lynch

The MIT Press

This chapter describes the supply of physicians willing to provide medical services, and addresses which limitations on supply and which grounds for conscientious refusal boards should accept as legitimate. It provides a feasible, inexpensive, and simple way of measuring the supply of willing physicians. The chapter also demonstrates that a registration system has the significant benefit of producing some mechanism to evaluate the propriety of a physician’s refusal in a timely fashion. It shows that a physician’s reasons for refusal must be genuinely held, and that licensing boards can draw on existing models for testing the sincerity of conscientious objection to give teeth to this requirement.

Keywords:   medical services, conscientious refusal, physicians, registration system, physician’s refusal, licensing boards

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