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As Catholic Hospitals Expand, So Do Limits on Some Procedures

By Katie Hafner – New York Times. Aug. 10, 2018

“One in six hospital patients in the United States is now treated in a Catholic facility, according to the Catholic Health Association, a membership organization that includes 90 percent of the Catholic hospitals in the United States. In a 2016 report, MergerWatch, a nonprofit group in New York that tracks hospital consolidation, found that in 10 states, 30 percent or more of the acute-care hospital beds were under Catholic ownership, or in a hospital affiliated with a Catholic health care system. In a growing number of rural areas, a Catholic hospital is the sole provider of acute care. ”

“Roughly 30 secular institutions that have merged or affiliated with Catholic systems in recent years have agreements that require them to follow some or all of the church directives, according to MergerWatch.”

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