ACLU asks for moratorium on hospital mergers

ACLU asks for moratorium on hospital mergers


OLYMPIA,Wash – The American Civil Liberties Union is asking Governor Jay Inslee to impose a six-month moratorium on hospital mergers.

KING5-TV reports the ACLU of Washington is expressing concern that recent hospital mergers and affiliations in the state compromise patient care, and cites the recently-announced partnership between UW Medicine and PeaceHealth as an example.

The organization contends that treatment would be driven by religious beliefs rather than patient needs.

Officials with UW Medicine say they’ll continue to provide access to reproductive services and provide end-of-life treatment, and that students and residents will continue to train in secular and non-secular settings.

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