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Sat Nov 9, 2013, 09:33 PM

Is the Catholic Church making your healthcare decisions?

http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2013/10/catholic-hospitals-bishops-contraception-abortion-health-care

One morning in November 2010, an ambulance brought a woman who was 15 weeks pregnant to the emergency room at Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, 70 miles outside Tucson, Arizona. She had been carrying twins and had miscarried one at home in the bathtub. The chances of the second fetus making it were "minuscule," Dr. Robert Holder, the OB-GYN on call that day, later recalled in an affidavit. He told the woman and her husband that trying to continue the pregnancy would put her at risk of severe bleeding and infection. In short, she needed an emergency abortion.

But there was a problem: Sierra Vista was in the midst of a trial merger with a Catholic hospital company, Carondelet Health Network, which required its doctors to abide by the church's ethical and religious directives. Hospital administrators told Holder that because the surviving fetus still had a heartbeat, he could not perform an abortion. Holder had to send the patient to a hospital in Tucson—a three-hour delay that he believed put her at risk for life-threatening complications.

The doctors at Sierra Vista aren't the only ones to struggle with submitting their medical decisions to a higher authority. A growing number of patients are finding their health care options governed by the church's guidelines as Catholic hospitals, long major players in the health care market, have been on a merger streak, acquiring everything from local hospital systems to medical practices, nursing homes, and health insurance plans.

Between 2001 and 2011, the number of American hospitals affiliated with the Catholic Church grew 16 percent, even as the number of public hospitals and secular nonprofit hospitals dropped 31 percent and 12 percent, respectively, according to an upcoming report by the American Civil Liberties Union and MergerWatch, a nonprofit that tracks religious health care mergers. In 2012, Catholic hospitals and health care systems were involved in 24 mergers or acquisitions, according to Irving Levin Associates, a market research firm. Ten of the 25 largest nonprofit hospital systems in the country are Catholic, and Catholic hospitals care for 1 in 6 American patients. In at least eight states, 30 percent or more of patient admissions are at Catholic facilities.

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gollygee Nov 2013 OP
Humanist_Activist Nov 2013 #1
TorchTheWitch Nov 2013 #8
Small Accumulates Nov 2013 #2
Freddie Nov 2013 #3
Dawson Leery Nov 2013 #4
Arugula Latte Nov 2013 #7
ChazII Nov 2013 #5
Laochtine Nov 2013 #6
REP Nov 2013 #9

Response to gollygee (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2013, 09:36 PM

1. This should be outright illegal, if a hospital can't perform a necessary procedure...

for non-medical or non-technical reasons, they should be held accountable for this lack.

Honestly, I think it should be illegal for the Catholic church or any other religious organization to own or operate hospitals.

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Response to Humanist_Activist (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 04:01 AM

8. I never understood why it wasn't illegal

Then again, I never understood why this country allowed religion based hospitals at all.

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Response to gollygee (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2013, 09:37 PM

2. K&R. These hospitals' policies put women's lives and health at risk.

Religious organizations should not be allowed to impose their views on women, their lives, their health and their futures. If they insist on doing so in order to operate, they should be shut down. There are likely many other organizations in the world eager to operate a hospital that will serve all, without imposing religious belief.

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Response to gollygee (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2013, 09:59 PM

3. A local proposed merger was nipped in the bud

For this very reason.
The community hospital is a regional center for fertility treatment and high risk pregnancy, and does the occasional abortion for health reasons. The board of directors tried to arrange a merger with a local Catholic health system without consulting the physicians or community. Doctors found out and started a FB page protesting the merger, stating (correctly) that their practice of medicine would be compromised. The public rallied with the doctors and the merger talks ended.

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Response to gollygee (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2013, 10:24 PM

4. No meaningful change will occur within the RCC.

The same vile theocratic institution which has survived like a cockroach for the past 2000 years is not changing.

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:09 AM

7. It despises women and regards them as second-class baby vessels. Always has, always will ...

 

in spite of Mr. Wonderful the new pope.

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Response to gollygee (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2013, 10:59 PM

5. The state of AZ and United Health Care n/t

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Response to gollygee (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:22 AM

6. But, the new pope

Is changing everything. Enlightenment abounds or so I've heard.

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Response to gollygee (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 04:16 AM

9. But the new pope kissed a leper and wore a clown nose!!

He's adorable! Stop fussing about women's lives and health. Look at how huggy-sweetie-boo-boo the new pope is!

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