Chair of OB/GYN at University of Michigan Speaks Out Against Religious Directives

Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson, who chairs the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan has written an op-ed explaining why religious directives in Catholic hospitals are so dangerous to women’s health.


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  1. KAC

    Conspicuously absent from the op-ed and probably more tangibly important to many readers who aren’t unduly troubled by ideology/theology contaminating the delivery of medical care is this: while “other treatment centers” are available, they may be out-of-network for a particular patient’s insurance. Seeking care in this context can result in devastating medical bills, as insurance companies generally will not pay for such “choices” and, if they do, they often times only do so after a psychologically bruising and demoralizing, protracted battle.

    The mere availability of “health care alternatives”, naturally, also elides the fact that such “alternatives” may be geographically remote (consider Bellingham vs. Seattle, for example). Delay of medical care has its own burdens, morbidity and mortality considerations aside.

    Really, the only solution available to this problem is lawsuits, as the medical profession (now largely hospital-employed and therefore no longer independent) cannot be relied upon and the government is generally subservient to powerful and monied interests, a category custom-fit to Catholic health “care”.


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