Today’s provider conscience regulations go so far as to put the onus on patients to divine what information and services might be withheld by any given provider, and then shop around to find alternatives.
The HHS provider conscience expansion is just one example of an insidious effort by religious right groups to tip the balance away from patient access to care and toward conscience exemptions without consequences.
The Department of Health and Human Services today published a new regulation broadening protections for health care providers who refuse to provide health care services based on religious or moral grounds.
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A fight over provider conscience in Wasilla, Alaska, has repercussions in the current debate over new HHS regulations.
Is the Bush administration laying the administrative groundwork for promulgating the new HHS provider conscience regulations?
In Maine, family planning providers are concerned about contraceptive and health care access issues already. So a proposed new regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services has them outraged.
The Bush Administration claims that the benefits of the new HHS provider conscience regulation outweigh the costs. But they reached this conclusion without using any data or proof.
Whatever religious values medical providers hold, we must also respect our patients’ right to know all of their treatment options. For us, patients come first.
Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Patty Murray met yesterday with Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to express their disagreement with proposed HHS regulations that would broaden existing provider conscience protections.