(MCCLATCHYDC) — WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican doctors may see and treat politicized health issues through different lens, a new paper suggests.
The study, “Democratic and Republican Physicians Provide Different Care on Politicized Health Issues,” by Yale researchers Eitan Hersh and Matthew Goldenberg found that political beliefs may color how primary care physicians respond to various medical issues.
The pair asked doctors to review nine potential patient scenarios, with three addressing “especially politicized health issues,” those being marijuana, abortion and firearm storage. The other patient scenarios, smoking, obesity and depression, were less fraught with political ramifications.
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