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May 24, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Catholic health-care systems in state hospitals

Keep Catholic system out of UW

While everyone has been fearing Obamacare, what the people in Washington should fear is “popecare,” as more and more of our local and regional hospitals are being turned over to the Catholic Church [“Catholic health system, UW Medicine sign pact,” NWTuesday, May 21].

Want compassionate end-of-life care? You won’t get it with popecare, even though the majority of Washington state residents voted for the Death with Dignity Law.

Know someone whose life was saved by stem-cell transplants? That wouldn’t have happened if the hospital doing the research was restricted by popecare.

Don’t think in terms of abortions, think in terms of no access to birth control. Do you like going to that UW clinic to get information about birth control? That’s not going to happen under popecare.

The UW Medical Center is a teaching and research hospital and it needs to stay independent of any kind of church doctrine.

Doctors and nurses need to start speaking out against the mergers that are going to limit their practices and the safety of their patients.

Please note that “not for profit” doesn’t mean that these hospitals and health organizations don’t make profits. It just means that they don’t disburse those profits to shareholders. Executives and staff of PeaceHealth are allowed to receive compensation and bonuses that rival and/or exceed their for-profit counterparts in the industry.

Roberta MacKinnon, Seattle

Comments | Topics: Catholic, health care, Obamacare

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