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  •  Informed consent is great (0+ / 0-)

    but that still doesn't make it right.

    The patients have to understand that if the hospital is affiliated with a religious order, than there is always the possibility that ethics will win out over health concerns when it comes to overall patient rights and treatment.

    That still doesn't give the Catholic Church the right nor the edict to choose whether or not someone will live or dies based on the beliefs of those holding the pursestrings for the facility.  The decision of what is best for the patient should always reside with the patient and the Doctor, and not with any religion (or insurance company).

    Hurley - "Bucky, the mice will agree with anything. You guys are all idiots, right?" Mice - "Right!"

    by Dingodude on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 10:54:37 AM PST

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    •  Why paients need to know (0+ / 0-)

      The average healthcare consumer isn't aware that there is a difference between generally accepted medical practice and practice that is bound by relgious beliefs.  Catholic hospitals are not the only entities bound by relgious dogma, other examples include Christian Science and Jehovah's Witness.  CS and JW are up front about their relgious beliefs and practices, catholic providers generally aren't, so if you don't know about the difference, too bad for you.

      Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

      by arlene on Wed Dec 22, 2010 at 02:09:50 PM PST

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