I call this the new Mommy wars.
Pediatricians are more likely to be female; a 2010 survey by the American Academy of Pediatrics found 55.6 of graduate pediatricians and 68.9 percent of pediatric residents were female. The same survey found almost 74 percent were Caucasian and 35 percent were less than 40 years old.
And from 2015 source ama: Based on key findings, women make up a larger percentage of residents in:
- Family medicine (about 58 percent)
- Psychiatry (about 57 percent)
- Pediatrics (about 75 percent)
- Obstetrics/gynecology (about 85 percent)
If this story below doesn't tell you that pediatrics is the last sales arm of the female pharmaceutical sales rep force, nothing will. I imagine that the pediatricians refusing care to families are the younger doctors who have been full indoctrinated in medical school. Pediatrics used to be about the whole care of a child from head to toes, all ten of them. And while there are those dedicated MDs who still have their hearts in the right place for patients, the trend to abandoning the “non-compliant” is sad indeed. My experience over the years? They weigh. Measure. Do a cursory eye exam for those patients who CAN sit and answer (never for my own daughters). Administer vaccines. And now they also encourage private conversations about gender and sexuality (there are signs on the wall of the exam rooms telling kids that they can talk, which is a good thing. ) and they refer out to specialists for everything else. My pediatrician pierced my ears in the 70s! I have been aghast at how little care my daughters with autism have received, compared to their typical peers. This discrimination now expands to the actual refusal to do their job, to treat sick children. Imagine if ER doctors interviewed every gun shot victim who entered their hallways - and refused treatment for any reason. Doctors are supposed to provide care - without question. Perhaps we need a new exemption category whereby the DOCTORS can become exempted from treating under or unvaccination children. Just as doctors can conscientiously object to performing abortions. If the Doctors feel so strongly about vaccination, let them have that choice. No punishments for those doctors who chose to accept families who alter the CDC schedules. Just a fair market choice. And parents can vote with their feet where to go.
By Serena Gordon
TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Parents who choose to forgo or delay their children's vaccinations may quickly find themselves without a pediatrician.
Just over half (51%) of pediatric offices in the United States have a policy to dismiss families that refuse childhood vaccines, a nationwide survey found. Thirty-seven percent of pediatricians themselves said they often dismissed families for refusing vaccines, and 6% said they would dismiss a family for choosing to spread out crucial early vaccines.
"Arguments for dismissing families include that vaccination is the standard of care and the benefits far outweigh the risks. The evidence for vaccines is so strong that doctors may feel they just can't work with parents who stray so far from the standards of medical care," said lead author Dr. Sean O'Leary. He's a professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora.
"Another argument for dismissing families is that doing so may increase vaccine rates when parents see that pediatric practices feel so strongly about vaccines. Some of the downsides are that kids might end up without a medical home, or parents will find pediatricians who don't have policies about vaccines," O'Leary said.