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Conflicts of Conscience in Health CareAn Institutional Compromise$
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Holly Fernandez Lynch

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262123051

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262123051.001.0001

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Addressing Skeptics, a Model Statute, and Conclusions

Addressing Skeptics, a Model Statute, and Conclusions

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(p.241) 10 Addressing Skeptics, a Model Statute, and Conclusions
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Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care
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Holly Fernandez Lynch

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262123051.003.0060

This chapter provides a model protection of conscience and patient access act to serve as a guide to state legislatures interested in combating the current conscience clause dilemma. This model statute leaves many questions unanswered, and it will often be up to licensing boards themselves to identify the best mechanisms for implementing this new policy. The chapter shows that protecting conscience appears to be good for doctors, patients, and society. The best response to the conflict-of-conscience problem is to eliminate such conflicts between doctors and their patients as far as possible, by facilitating matching based on deep moral values.

Keywords:   conscience, patient access act, state legislatures, model statute, licensing boards, conflict of conscience

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