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German Doctors Refuse To Treat Political Conservatives

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From the land which gave the world Dr. Josef Mengele, a new adventure in social credit scoring:  Your doctor decides whether you are worthy of health care treatment based upon the acceptability of your political views:

German doctor refuses to treat AfD politician
This is the second such case in Baden-Württemberg
By Junge Freiheit - March 25, 2024

A doctor in the German state of Baden-Württemberg refuses to treat one of his patients because he is a local politician in the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.

The doctor’s decision was reportedly sparked when he saw a photo in the local newspaper of the politician, Heiko Nüßner, at an event for his party’s city association in Lahr. Based on this photo, the doctor told him to find a new practice due to their “clearly different political views.”

Nüßner, who previously served as a Christian Democrat (CDU) politician for 26 years, told Bild newspaper that he was “very surprised by this reaction, as he had never spoken to the doctor about his politics. He described the interaction with the general practitioner as “very undemocratic.”

The AfD politician said, “I was disappointed with the CDU because of its euro and migration policy as well as its exit from nuclear energy. For me, the AfD is the ‘new CDU’ and by no means right-wing extremist.”

The AfD politician suffered an accident three years ago that he left him confined to a wheelchair. When he asked the doctor for a prescription at the beginning of March, he was denied treatment. Nüßner shared a copy of the email exchange shared between him and the doctor, whose name was not disclosed by Nüßner or Bild.

The doctor has responded to Bild, saying that the photo of the politician was only the “icing on the cake.”

“I had already found the patient very unpleasant beforehand, with his demanding and pushy nature,” he said. According to medical ethicists, denying treatment based on “unpleasant” attitudes or because you do not agree with the politics of your patient does not meet medical standards. However, for patients who represent a threat or a major disturbance to a medical practice, doctors are permitted to deny care, but only if there is no immediate medical threat.

The doctor claimed however that the medication requested by Nüßner was “not vital.”

According to the Bild interview with the doctor, he did want to support any “undemocratic tendencies,” as the AfD is being monitored for extremism by the Office of the Protection of the Constitution (BfV), a powerful domestic spy agency.

He said if the AfD politician needed acute care, he would treat him and anyone else “regardless of their ideology.”

In 2021, AfD candidate Andrea Zürcher also had her general practicioner cancel her care, also in the state of Baden-Württemberg. In Zürcher’s case, the doctor also learned about her political activity from a photo in a local newspaper.

“He said that the relationship of trust had been destroyed as a result and that he could no longer give 100 percent in my treatment,” the woman said, who suffer from a chronic illness.

A third of Germans say they would consider voting for the Alternative for Germany, and a majority of Germans — at least in some polls — say they could support a government coalition that includes the AfD. However, there is still a sizeable share of the population adamantly opposed to the party. In the case of doctors, refusal of treatment is considered a serious ethical quandary. Such cases may increase political polarization in Germany.

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NTV is the Time Warner TV operation in Germany.  The other German majors - notably Bild - have put this story behind a paywall:

Der Tag: Arzt behandelt AfD-Politiker nicht mehr in seiner Praxis
19.03.2024, 07:28 Uhr

Heiko Nüßner war 26 Jahre lang in der CDU, bis er 2016 zur AfD wechselte und 2023 ein Amt in der Partei übernahm. Als sein Hausarzt davon erfährt, schmeißt er Nüßner aus seiner Patientenliste. Nüßner gegenüber der "Bild"-Zeitung: "(...) Für mich ist die AfD (...) keineswegs rechtsextrem."

Das sieht sein Arzt wohl anders, er erzählt dem Blatt, dass er seinen ehemaligen Patienten aufgrund deutlich politisch unterschiedlicher Ansichten gebeten habe, einen anderen Arzt aufzusuchen. Die "Lahrer Zeitung" berichtet, dass für den Mediziner ein Foto in der Lokalpresse der Auslöser für seine Reaktion gewesen sei: Es zeigt Nüßner mit Parteifreunden nach seiner Wahl in den Vorstand des AfD-Stadtverbands.

Der Hausarzt sagt: "Ich stehe in der Mitte der Gesellschaft und sicherlich nicht am linken Rand. Aber solche undemokratischen Tendenzen muss ich nicht unterstützen." Er betont in der "Bild"-Zeitung außerdem, "wenn jemand akute Hilfe braucht, würde ich ihm unabhängig von seiner Weltanschauung selbstverständlich helfen."



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