Do the name and ethnicity of your doctor matter?

On the practical side of multiculturalism and diversity, choice of doctors.

While most of the long-standing members of my cancer medical team are Caucasian, the newer group of doctors, fellows, interns and nurses are much more diverse. Issues that sometimes comes up, not with the Canadian-born but with some foreign-born doctors, include language fluency and experience in how to discuss difficult medical issues, but both are a matter of learning through doing, not issues of medical competence. And generally, the newbies spend more time with you as part of their development, which can be helpful.

Do the name and ethnicity of your doctor matter?.

About Andrew
Andrew blogs and tweets public policy issues, particularly the relationship between the political and bureaucratic levels, citizenship and multiculturalism. His latest book, Policy Arrogance or Innocent Bias, recounts his experience as a senior public servant in this area.

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