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02 March 2009


Nathan James

Thankfully, the Obama Administration has realized what a gross violation of the Hippocratic Oath the "provider conscience" regs were! I could not believe Bush & Co. actually thought it was acceptable for a health care provider to permit a patient to DIE because their "religious beliefs" prevented them from giving treatment.

NYC Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum released a report last year showing that gays and lesbians were treated poorly by hospital and clinical staff, even refused treatment (a direct violation of NYS law), and generally made to suffer at a time when they, like all hospital patients, are most vulnerable. I guess it's OK to refuse to help a sick or injured human being if your religion allows that kind of behavior.

ALL health-care providers in New York State are expected, as a matter of professional conduct, to treat all persons who seek their care, regardless of the religious beliefs of the practitioner. Put another way, when I was in EMS, suppose I looked at a patient and decided I couldn't treat him because my religion said he was "abhorrent" or "Unacceptable". Suppose I turned away and left him to bleed to death on the pavement. That's called "criminally negligent homicide" and it was exactly what Bush was condoning with the "provider conscience" nonsense. I'm overjoyed that Obama has put a stop to this!

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