Numerous studies have demonstrated that religious beliefs are a strong force, whether consciously or unconsciously, in the medical advice and decision making of doctors. But what happens when the religious or moral beliefs of health care practitioners conflict with institutional or national health care policies?
Needless to say, the decision that is ultimately reached regarding the “conscience clause” will have a significant impact on the policy of health care providers regarding the religious beliefs and conscience of patients and practitioners. Conflicts based on religious beliefs in the health care setting, on an institutional and national level, call for a need for continued dialogue. Through our work here at Tanenbaum, we hope to continue to work towards promoting open dialogue surrounding these issues.