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Health Care Right of Conscience Act Survey


Health Care Right of Conscience Act Survey

What do you think about Senate Bill 1564?


Legislation that seeks to clarify protection for the patient and the healthcare provider under the Health Care Right of Conscience Act (HCRCA) has attracted a great deal of attention over the past few weeks. While many have strong opinions about Senate Bill 1564, few understand the intent of the legislation.

Under HRCA, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers are allowed to refuse patient care and/or refuse to provide information that conflicts with the provider’s religious beliefs.

Senate Bill 1564 would clarify protection under HCRCA for the patient by requiring that healthcare providers must fully inform a patient of all relevant information needed to understand their medical circumstance, make informed medical decisions and obtain the care they need, regardless of the provider’s religious beliefs.

While healthcare providers would be required to provide information under SB1564, they are still protected from being required to provide services or care that conflict with their religious beliefs.

In a recent survey cited by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, 83% of voters agree that no patient should be denied the information necessary to make an informed medical decision because of this law.

Based on your understanding of this legislation how do you think Senator Althoff should vote on SB1564?


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