Many Catholic Hospitals Fail to Disclose Religious Affiliation, Restrictions Online

March 22, 2019

(Reuters) – Patients should know if the hospital they choose will restrict their care for religious reasons, but among nearly 650 Catholic hospitals in the U.S., a new study finds that one in five don’t explicitly disclose this information on their websites. Moreover, less than a third of the hospitals included in the analysis specify how religious affiliation might influence patient care, such as women’s reproductive services or end-of-life care, the study authors report in JAMA.