Mass General is one of Boston’s premier hospitals. It may also be moving toward refusing care to patients who don’t adhere to the woke worldview. That’s what it looks like based on the note Mass General is now sending its patients.
A tipster sent us a copy of the note, which is also available on Mass General’s website as the “Patient Code of Conduct.” On its surface, the hospital seems to be upholding a sensible policy: “Words or actions that are disrespectful, racist, discriminatory, hostile, or harassing are not welcome.”
Everyone can agree that racism, discrimination, and harassment don’t belong in a medical setting, much less anywhere else. But the problem is that Mass General fails to define these terms, so there’s no indication who decides what constitutes a violation. As we’ve seen, medical leaders are thoroughly steeped in woke ideology. They are likely to take a dim view of anyone who doesn’t toe the party line.
Will patients who don’t use someone’s preferred pronouns be guilty of “harassment”? Will someone who disputes the existence of “systemic racism” be called a racist? Will a patient who believes in equal access to care, not “equity,” be deemed discriminatory? What if they oppose preferential access to care for minority patients, as has been announced at Boston-based Brigham and Women’s hospital?
These aren’t idle questions in the hyper-politicized world of woke healthcare. And patients at Mass General should be concerned about the consequences of running afoul of the hospital’s new policy:
“Some violations of this Code may lead to patients being asked to make other plans for their care.”
There’s a very real possibility that patients will be refused care at Mass General. The only way to ensure they get treated is to give into the politicization of medicine, race, and everything else that woke ideology demands. Mass General should make clear what its policy really means, before patients suffer.
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