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  •  All atheists need to have a card on them (3+ / 0-)
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    at all times saying that under no circumstances should they ever be brought to a religiously affiliated hospital for emergencies.  That is the only way atheists can be sure that they can protect their health.

    •  Well, a private ambulance service will take you (8+ / 0-)

      anywhere you pay for  ...

      But public and volunteer EMT units?  "The closest !"

      On the little island where I live, Long Island New York we are seeing a consolidation of hospital resources so that there are now three cooperating networks.  

      One is Jewish/secular ... they will honor end-of-life directives and perform sterilizations.

      One is Catholic ... and they will not.

      Then there is one "public" facility in each county to serve the poor and uninsured.   Surprisingly ... if you've got a gunshot wound or extensive burns THOSE are the places you want to go.

      •  Not surprising that public ones do trauma best (2+ / 0-)
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        Public hospitals in many areas - Cook County, LA County, etc. - handle very large numbers of trauma cases. At least in bigger cities and counties, they are typically the top-level Trauma Centers (Level I) that have 24-hour staffing with all the skilled personnel needed to handle gunshot wounds, car accidents, and other major trauma. Some places also have pediatric or burn center specialties. In our area, if you have such a major trauma, you would be taken directly to a Level I center by ambulance or helicopter, if at all possible, even if another place might be closer.

        Medical specialty care is like anything else: people who practice a lot are likely to be better at it. Sadly, that applies to ER docs and their specialist colleagues who see the most victims of trauma.

    •  Eh, it's not quite that simple (7+ / 0-)

      I think all of the hospitals near me are religious affiliated - because they're all named Baptist This or Saint Joe Blow That and such. So even though I'm Atheist, if I'm having a medical emergency, I want to be taken to the closest hospital because the nearest non-religious one might be far away.

      If it were my wife, and she was pregnant, I probably wouldn't want to take her to a Catholic hospital. But I'm a guy and single, so it's currently a non-issue for me.

      Besides, my doctor is Jewish and affiliated with a Baptist hospital (even though there is a Jewish hospital here). I trust him to make the best medical choices for me because I know he's not a religious loon.

      "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

      by yg17 on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 09:26:43 AM PDT

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    •  Fat chance that will work. (3+ / 0-)
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      My HMO has 2 choices for hospitals, both of them catholic.  If I wanted to opt out, it would cost me thousands, if not more.

      If the hospital is good, religion doesn't generally enter into it at all.

      I am not religious, and did NOT say I enjoyed sects.

      by trumpeter on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 10:08:22 AM PDT

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      •  You're right. The most you are likely to be (2+ / 0-)
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        exposed to religion in a religiously affiliated hospital is from "volunteers" who are permitted to come around to your room and offer to pray with you, and to be informed of where the chapel is, in case you want to hobble down there.

        I laugh every time I think about my Jewish friend's response to a drop-in concerned about his soul.  "Have you been saved?" she asked.

        "No," he replied, "I've been chosen."  That ended the conversation, probably because she didn't know what the hell he meant and so couldn't respond.

        I can guarantee you, the first doctor walking into my room waving a crucifix will be passed by me walking out of the room in my peek-a-boo gown, even if I have to drag an IV tree with me.

        Ted Cruz president? Pardon my Vietnamese, but Ngo Pho King Way.

        by ZedMont on Mon Mar 24, 2014 at 04:33:42 PM PDT

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      •  Unless you're a pregnant woman with complications (1+ / 0-)
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        or anybody who wants contraception. "Minor" details like that.

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