The antics of white supremacists are not strange to some medical practitioners. Following the uprising in Charlottesville in Virginia last weekend, a physician has shared her encounter with the acclaimed white nationalists in Oregon. Dr. Esther Choo stated that white supremacists often refuse that she administers care to them, they’d always want to be treated by the hospital interns with less experience.
According to CNN, Choo is an Asian-American who first aired her encounters on Twitter last Sunday, just a day after the white nationalism display turned out to be deadly. She posted about 10 tweets on her public account following the incident on Charlottesville. She is a departmental member of the emergency medicine at the Oregon Health $ Science University’s School of Medicine in Portland.
Choo started by saying that Oregon has many white nationalists, and sometimes in a year a patient rejects treatment from her because of her race. In her tweet, she also pointed out that she wouldn’t show any anger toward the patient, but kindly explain that she’s qualified to take care of the patient, and the intern is an alternative. Most times, they pick the intern because they are white, or wouldn’t get treated.
Similar case to Choo’s
CBS News reported in 2013, the cases of patients rejecting treatment due to the race of the medical professionals. CBS News pointed out a case where a man with a swastika tattoo rejected that African-American nurses should care for his new baby.
However, it’s a right of a patient to refuse care despite the reason
An article published in 2015 in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services, Dr. William Selde said its right for a patient to reject treatment as long as the risks associated with such acts are clear to the patient. However, Selde of the Wyoming Medical Center didn’t emphasize on the idea of rejecting treatment because of differences in race.
Choo appears to understand the right of a patient to reject care, but it doesn’t make discrimination something to accept cheerfully. As the country goes on with its serious issues, racial matters appear to be effective even at the point of deaths.