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Rav Moshe Feinstein: The Torah Way To Choose A Doctor

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Rav Moshe Feinstein: The Torah Way To Choose A Doctor
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If a person has a choice of two doctors, one of them is Shomer Mitzvos but is not a specialist for the particular procedure needed and the other doctor is a specialist however he is a Kofer, which one is preferable? The Igros Moshe (YD 4:8) says there is no question that the latter is preferable unless he is actively involved in seducing people away from keeping the Torah and Mitzvos. Otherwise since we have an obligation to seek medical help when needed according to the Rambam and most Rishonim, included in that obligation is to seek out the best doctor available whether he is a Jew or a non-Jew.

However adds Rav Moshe, since it is always possible that any doctor may err regardless of his expertise, we must pray to Hashem the true healer that the doctor will not blunder and his care will bring a cure.

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