Supporting All Patients' Right to Know

Supporting All Patients' Right to Know

The vast majority of people living in Connecticut would be surprised to find out that it is currently legal for healthcare providers to withhold standard of care treatments and services that do not conform to the tenets of the providers' sincerely held beliefs. For example, doctors practicing at Catholic owned hospitals are required to follow the medical directives set forth by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops instead of the established scientific and medical norms.  Unless this is disclosed to patients, we find this practice to be unacceptable, unethical, and dangerous.

 

Our bill, SB 939 'An Act Concerning a Patient's Righ to Know,' would require that such healthcare providers simply reveal this information to patients so that the patient can make fully informed decisions about whether to seek out treatments based on medical standard of care or accept treatments guided by dogma. SB 939 does NOT force medical providers to change their practices or offer treatments and services that are contrary to their sincerely held belief systems.

 

UPDATE - Sping 2017 - Unfortunately, our bill never made it out of committee this year so we will push for it again next year.  In the mean time here is an article from Des Moines, Iowa that succintly describes the issue.  Also, here is a report on the issue from the ACLU and MergerWatch.

 

Most of the opposition to our bill was obviously from the religious right decrying "religious freedom."  Our answer is that you can continue to practice your religion anyway you see fit.  Even if that means providing less than the standard of care to your patients.  All we want you to do is acknowledge that fact.  If you are proud of your religion and you do not want to follow normal science and evidence based medical practices simply state that fact in your advertising, in your reports, in your conversations with patients.  If the heathens want to go to a secular healthcare provider, you should be proud that you are only supporting the faithful... Or would that shrink your market?  And we all know what Jesus said about markets.

 

 

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