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May 7, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Catholic health-care systems take over small state hospitals

Critics must convince commissioners to hear their cries

I attended a meeting of People for Healthcare Freedom in Mount Vernon and left with the sickening thought that no matter what the People for Healthcare Freedom said or did, the board of commissioners would do whatever it wanted [“Hospitals’ proposed affiliation with Catholic systems opposed,” NWSunday, April 28]. Not that the board means any ill harm to the citizens of Skagit County, but to maintain its fiduciary responsibilities, it will do what is in the best interest of our Hospital District No. 1.

This I am sure will require what steps are necessary to maintain the financial future of our hospital and not what merging with a religious system (in this case Roman Catholic) will do to health care, e.g., eliminate birth control, abortions, death with dignity, etc.

The board’s logic will be that since Whatcom County to the north of us and Snohomish County to the south are already committed to a merger system that it would be a natural progression for Skagit County. The board will not worry about the effect such mergers would have on the quality of our health care.

There does not seem to be a reasonable compromise between our heath-care system and the Catholic Church. I would be surprised if the church would look the other way on birth control and abortion, with a wink and a nod.

So it appears our only hope is convincing our commissioners to take our concerns to heart and overlook other considerations of a more practical approach. If the service that they are providing is to the citizens of our county, then they really need to hear our cries.

Kevin Wright, Concrete

Comments | More in Health care | Topics: Catholic, health care, People for Healthcare Freedom

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