20003: Preserving Consumer Choice in an Era of Religious/Secular Health Industry Mergers (Position Paper)

March 2001
American Journal of Public Health;Mar2001, Vol. 91 Issue 3, p479
Academic Journal
The article examines the effect of religious or secular hospital mergers on patients' access to health services in the U.S. Patients are losing access to many reproductive health services when their local secular hospitals merge with nearby religiously-affiliated facilities that object to those services on ethical grounds. Services banned by the merged entity may include contraception, abortions, sterilizations, in vitro fertilization, emergency contraception for rape victims, and the discussion of condom use as part of HIV prevention counseling. Formerly secular hospitals and nursing homes also restrict end-of-life choices. Recommendations to the American Public Health Association are presented.


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