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Can you request a female doctor if you're scheduled for a personal exam?

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In the case of a personal or intimate exam, it is legal for hospitals to accommodate a patient's request for a physician of a certain gender, according to Sutter Health. However, certain medical offices may not always be able to readily accommodate such requests due factors such as staffing.

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Can you request a female doctor if you're scheduled for a personal exam?
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It is important for physicians and other medical providers to do what they can in order to ensure that a patient is comfortable discussing health issues and treatments, states the American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics. Accommodating requests for a male or female doctor is sometimes necessary in order to provide a patient with the best possible treatment.

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