Is it permissible for a Muslim female to visit a male doctor, in case of no improvement in the disease/condition in seeing the female doctors available? Would it be permissible to remove the hijab in such a case so that the doctor can examine the case? The disease may not be life-threatening but perhaps a skin condition which needs medical care.
The Scholars say that this issue is according to the following order, meaning if the first option is not available then she goes to the next option:
- A Muslim female doctor
- A non Muslim female doctor (but she is trusted)
- A Muslim male doctor
- A non Muslim male doctor if there is a necessity and no other option is available.
Yes, if there is no female doctor then it is permissible for her to go to a male doctor and to remove the hijab for examination, even if it is not life threatening.
There is a rule:
الضرورات تبيح المحظورات
Pressing necessities make permissible that which is (normally) prohibited.
The Scholars derived this rule from numerous proofs from the Quran and the Sunnah.