Israeli physicians to be told they must treat HIV carriers
February 6, 2013 - A month ago, some members of the Israeli Medical Association's ethics committee opposed stipulation that doctors always be required to treat HIV carriers.
Doctors do not have the right to refuse to treat patients, the Israeli Medical Association's ethics committee said Tuesday, countering arguments in favor of doctors' discretion when receiving HIV patients.
"The physician is obligated, morally and ethically, to treat every patient who has a medical problem within [the doctor's] area of expertise and professional abilities," the panel said. "Discrimination shall not be practiced among patients, including those motivated by the nature of the illness."
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