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Coming Soon: No More Catholic Hospitals and Free Abortion-Inducing Drugs


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3/8/2012

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ABSTRACTComing Soon: No More Catholic Hospitals and Free Abortion-Inducing Drugs | Daily News | NCRegister.com Print Edition:  April 8, 2012   Donate Archives Blogs Store Resources Advertise Jobs Radio Subscribe Make This My Homepage Resources Christmas Music Arts & Entertainment Books Commentary Culture of Life Education In Person News Opinion Sunday Guides Travel Vatican Dan Burke Edward Pentin Mark Shea Matthew Warner Jimmy Akin Matt & Pat Archbold Simcha Fisher Tito Edwards Jennifer Fulwiler Steven D. Greydanus Tim Drake Tom Wehner Our Latest Show About the Show About the Register Donate Subscribe Stations Schedule Other EWTN Shows Advertising Overview Editorial Calendar Order Web Ad Order Print Ad Print Article | Email Article | Write To Us Daily News Daily News Coming Soon: No More Catholic Hospitals and Free Abortion-Inducing Drugs (2701) Another look at the HHS mandate's ramifications. Share by EWTN NEWS 03/08/2012 Comments (30) – Shutterstock The extinction of Catholic hospitals due to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate would result in a loss of almost $100 billion, warned one columnist and talk-show host. In a March 1 column in The Fiscal Times , political analyst Edward Morrissey said that if the mandate succeeds in shutting down Catholic hospitals and health-care institutions, it will “create a disaster for the delivery of health care in the country and rapidly escalate the public costs of health care.” “Thanks to the economic models of these hospitals, no one will rush to buy them,” he explained. “Over 120,000 beds would disappear from an already-stressed system.” The U.S. bishops have remained united and steadfast in their opposition to a mandate that was recently introduced by the Obama administration to require employers to offer health-care plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if doing so violates their consciences. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago recently warned that the archdiocese would shut down its institutions, including schools, hospitals and charitable organizations, rather than violating its core principles. Morrissey observed that the Catholic Church runs “perhaps the most extensive private health-care delivery system in the nation.” According to the Catholic Health Association of the United States, the Church operates 12.6% of U.S. hospitals and accounts for 15.6% of hospital admissions and 14.5% of all hospital expenses. In 2010, these expenses added up to $98.6 billion. Additionally, more than 400 health centers and 1,500 specialized homes are operated by the Catholic Church. If Catholic hospitals cease to exist, Morrissey explained, many patients would have to turn to institutions run by state and federal governments, which operate less efficiently, in order to receive important services. Wait times would increase significantly, and patients may not receive the same care they currently do. The change would affect a myriad of individuals across the country, including Karen Hales, an occupational therapist whose children, Rachel, Sarah, Daniel and Monica, were born at Catholic hospitals in Texas and Arkansas. Hales has also received outpatient services at Catholic hospitals throughout the course of her life. “The medical care provided was excellent,” she told EWTN News, adding that she was “able to receive the holy Eucharist daily.” She said that she was “particularly grateful” for the care she received upon suffering a miscarriage, including counseling that helped her understand “how miraculous” each child is. Hales and her husband, David, have also worked for both Catholic and public hospitals and health-care companies. “The thing that sets the Catholic hospitals apart is a concern for the soul of the patient, the employees and family members,” she observed. “Many hospitals can provide good medical care for a person’s body, but a Catholic hospital can provide care for the physical and spiritual needs of the person.” Morrissey said that a loss of Catholic hospitals would likely be felt most strongly by the poor and vulnerable. He noted that Catholic hospitals serve a significant number of seniors, disabled patients and low-income individuals, treating more than one in six Medicare discharges and more than one in eight Medicaid discharges. Furthermore, Catholic hospitals often help cover the costs for patients who cannot afford to pay for their care, he said. Catholic hospitals “take a leading role” in offering less-profitable services, he added, explaining that they lead the way in providing breast-cancer screenings, geriatric services, nutrition programs and social work. Although some other nonprofit institutions come close in the coverage they offer, government-run hospitals “fall significantly off the pace,” Morrissey said. In addition.......