Los Angeles Times
Why religion, care don’t mix
Re “Dignity Health and UCSF,” letter, April 19
The letter from a senior vice president at Catholic hospital chain Dignity Health defending its affiliation with UC San Francisco was accurate, but somewhat disingenuous. While patients are provided with information on services not offered at a Catholic facility, there are still cases where the outcome for the patient may be less than optimal.
I worked for years as a diabetes educator at a Catholic hospital helping pregnant women with diabetes. Some of the women feared that another pregnancy posed too much risk, so they asked for a tubal ligation to be done during a planned C-section.
They found out that they had to recover from the C-section and then, many weeks later, make an appointment to go to an outside facility for the additional procedure. As a result, I saw some back in my office feeling depressed, fearful and frustrated with a subsequent high-risk pregnancy.
While it is admirable that Catholic healthcare institutions are focused on the serving the community and especially those in need, the system of referring out for certain services can put major burdens on patients. Cathy Goldberg Seal Beach