Friday, August 20, 2010

Religion and Healthcare Do not Mix, Part 1 Million

What could be more healthcare-y than depriving patients of medical information and treatment in the name of religious doctrine?

A dispute over condoms and Catholic values has left Greenwich Village without an urgent care clinic six months after St. Vincent's Hospital closed its doors in bankruptcy.

North Shore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center received a $9 million grant from the state to open a clinic in the West Village - likely in the now-abandoned St. Vincent's emergency room.

But sources familiar with negotiations say St. Vincent's leaders have insisted that the new facility abide by Catholic directives - including an agreement not to counsel patients about birth control.

Terry Lynam, a spokesman for North Shore/LIJ, would not confirm that birth control was the holdup, but said, "The terms presented to us pose some significant problems."

He said negotiations are continuing.

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At 2:55 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

More like part 9,214,477,345.

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous wood plaques said...

Its really hard as a health care professional when your face with situations like this. Its hard to decide which one to follow; is it the patient's religious beliefs or what is necessary for the patient at the moment.


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