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Thanks to changes in health canada goose womens outlet care delivery, more and more independent hospitals are being forced to merge with large health care corporations. The pressures include expensive equipment, complex electronic record keeping technologies, and canada goose outlet nyc an Obamacare driven push for greater administrative efficiency. Rather like mom and pop hardware stores that survived by becoming Ace franchisees with standardized, streamlined supply and distribution systems, independent health facilities are surviving through acquisitions and mergers with other hospitals and health care corporations.

Of the largest health care corporations in the country, five of six are administered by the Catholic Church including the famously conservative Catholic Health Initiatives which operates the Franciscan brand and has over $15 billion in canada goose outlet michigan assets. By the end of 2013, if all proposed mergers go canada goose discount uk through, 45 percent of Washington hospital beds will canada goose outlet eu be religiously affiliated. In ten counties, 100 percent of hospital canada goose outlet in montreal facilities will be accountable to religious corporations, which are rapidly buying up outpatient clinics, laboratories, and physician practices as well. Conference of Bishops, Catholic hospitals and health care corporations are “health care ministries” and “opportunities:”

New partnerships can be viewed as opportunities for Catholic health care institutions and services to witness to their religious and ethical commitments and so influence the healing profession,”… canada goose outlet “For example, new partnerships can help to implement the Church’s social teaching.”

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canada goose black friday sale Under these agreements, the patient doctor relationship canada goose shop uk becomes a patient doctor church relationship: “The Church’s moral teaching on healthcare nurtures a truly interpersonal professional patient relationship. This professional patient relationship is never separated, then, from the Catholic identity of the health care institution.” Furthermore providers who work in these systems are required to sign binding contractual agreements to adhere to the religious directives, whether or not they are Catholic: “Catholic health care services must adopt these Directives as policy, require adherence to them within the institution as a condition for medical privileges and employment, and provide appropriate instruction regarding the Directives….” canada goose black friday sale

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cheap Canada Goose Fertility Treatment: “Reproductive technologies that substitute for the marriage act are not consistent with human dignity.” This provision excludes in vitro fertilization and related treatments… “Direct sterilization of either men or women, whether permanent or temporary, is not permitted in a Catholic health care institution.” While we don’t typically associate contraception with hospitals, state of the art long acting methods like IUD’s increasingly are provided at the time of delivery, because post partum insertion improves health outcomes. That is because the standard treatment is considered abortion, while in the invasive and fertility canada goose outlet trillium parka black destroying surgery, death of the embryo is simply a side effect. More broadly, Catholic “ethics” forbid abortion even to save the life of a mother carrying a nonviable fetus… cheap Canada Goose

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canada goose coats “Patients experiencing suffering that cannot be alleviated should be helped to appreciate the Christian understanding of redemptive suffering.” canada goose coats

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Canada Goose sale Even so, on May 20, the Seattle Times announced an affiliation agreement between the University of Washington system and Peace Health. Within Catholic controlled hospitals, less than five percent of revenues come from the Catholic Church. Most are taxpayer funds in the form of Medicaid, Medicare and capital grants for public services or insurance reimbursement. So, the thought of the bishops influencing a public owned and funded institution adds insult to injury. In response, Columnist Danny Westneat, of the Times, framed a pointed question. “Most of us aren’t Catholic, so I’m guessing we’d never go along with letting the canada goose outlet 2015 creeds of that one faith run something as universal as education [even if ‘the Catholics have a good record of running quality schools’]. So why are we allowing it with health care?” Canada Goose sale.

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