Does it matter whether your doc believes in a god or not?

Famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins posed this question during one of his many panel discussions between theists and atheists. The majority of people will argue that beliefs are something private and should not get mixed with a professional opinion. There may be physicists who believe in astrology and there may be physicians who believe in homeopathy. Does it matter being a patient?

I argue that it does matter. Especially when it comes to religion. In general people tend to accept religious beliefs of doctors unquestionably. In contrast I’ve seen that patients actually do care whether about their physician’s opinion on homosexuality or on politics. I’ve seen people switching doctors because of their political views.

When asking whether your GP believes in god or not, then immediately the “this is his private business” answer pops up and I believe it’s wrong.

Again, it does matter.