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SB 1564 is about protecting patients’ rights, not denying providers’ rights

Jul 07, 2016

Imagine you are a patient with a life-threatening ailment seeking medical advice from your health provider. During consultation, your provider withholds options needed to make a fully informed decision about your health, because some of the options conflict with his/her conscience. As a patient, are you comfortable with the possibility that your health care provider may be making “conscience-based objections”, withholding information and ultimately distancing you from health care services because of personal – not clinical – standards?

The Health Care Right of Conscience Act is a policy that permits health care providers to deliver care based on their conscience, which, in most cases, is motivated…

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