I recently read that about 25% of pediatricians are refusing to see patients in their practices who are not vaccinated.
I can see both sides of this issue. Obviously, we are concerned about the health and well-being of these children, and just because their parents have made a decision that we don't agree with, that doesn't mean the child shouldn't have access to healthcare. If they stay in the practice, there might be a better chance that the pediatrician can educate them and eventually get the child vaccinated. I feel like the child should not suffer in all this.
There are a lot of arguments on the flipside though. These are a few that I've heard:
-- when you have an unvaccinated child in the practice, it puts the other patients in the practice at risk
-- A parent who refuses to follow the most basic recommendations of the pediatrician obviously does not respect their opinions and it is frustrating and often pointless to work with a patient who refuses to listen to you
-- if enough practices refuse to see unvaccinated children, parents might feel pressured into getting the vaccines just so they can see the doctor of their choice
Truthfully, I sympathize with pediatricians who do this, but I wonder if a stiff hike in insurance rates for unvaccinated children might influence parents without sacrificing the child's health.