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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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Physician Obligations and Sacrifices

Physician Obligations and Sacrifices

(p.215) 9 Physician Obligations and Sacrifices
Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care

Holly Fernandez Lynch

The MIT Press

This chapter describes the physician’s baseline duties and sacrifices. It shows that physicians must disclose their specific moral limitations at the initiation of the doctor–patient relationship, and must reiterate them if and when those limitations become relevant as options for the patient in order to satisfy their informed consent and notice obligations. The chapter suggests that physician obligations provide the most substantial compromise possible which takes seriously both patient claims to access and physician claims of conscience. Some physicians’ refusals are satisfactory and even significantly play in moral debate, but others simply go too far.

Keywords:   physician obligations, informed consent, patient claims, physician claims, conscience, physicians’ refusals

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