Hospitals in U.S. becoming more sharia compliant

via In New York Hospitals, a Focus on Cultural NeedsNYTimes.com.

At Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, a borough that is home to 2.3 million people from more than 100 countries, lactation consultants spend extra time explaining to Bangladeshi women that the yellow breast milk they produce right after birth is not dirty.

Female obstetricians are always on duty overnight at the hospital’s maternity ward in case a Muslim woman arrives in labor and does not want to be treated by a male doctor.

In Harlem, the Medina Clinic opened in May 2009 inside Harlem Hospital Center to cater to the many West African immigrants arriving in the neighborhood. Since many immigrants are devout Muslims, the clinic provides a prayer space. Medical appointments can last an hour or more because many patients with limited or no access to health care in their home countries often have chronic illnesses, like heart disease or diabetes, said Dr. John M. Palmer, executive director of Harlem Hospital.

The doctors at the clinic have seen more than 700 patients since it opened, providing treatment and helping them navigate an unfamiliar and complex health care system. Patients with no insurance often miss follow-up appointments, believing they will be asked to pay for something they cannot afford.

“It takes them time to get the idea of pay scales and subsidized care,” Dr. Palmer said.

The accommodations hospitals make can be subtle but meaningful. At a hospital that is part of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a Muslim woman admitted for gastric bypass surgery a few months ago was placed in a bed facing east so she would be in the proper direction during her daily prayers.

Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur recalled how different it was when she started working at Elmhurst Hospital 40 years ago, as the sole female obstetrician-gynecologist on the staff.

“A good part of the mentality is still to provide what our patients need,” she said. “Health needs come first, of course, but there’s no question we can be better doctors if we’re also mindful of patients’ cultural needs.”

A good part? Anything less than the whole part seems wrong. Socialism, sharia, and diversity. Welcome to change, America.

Muslim hospitals in the U.S.? (updated)

23 Responses

  1. Understand this and be very vigilant America because it is now happening before our eyes:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpM6QKaAgP0&feature=player_embedded#!

    Here are the 4 stages of Islamic Conquest of a host Nation: America………..wake up!

    http://civilusdefendus.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/4-stages-of-islamic-conquest/

    Muslims “Mark their Conquests” just like dogs do with urine:

    http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2010/09/02/muslims-are-like-dogs/#comment-50592

    It is now in America…………Sharia Law. Will YOU allow this to happen where you live?

    Here is what is going to happen to the United States very soon as it is already happening in France, Germany, Sweeden, Finland and many more countries.

    http://bigpeace.com/stzu/2010/09/02/cbn-islamization-of-paris-a-warning-to-the-west/#idc-container

  2. Medicine should recognize no cultural differences. If a person presents for treatment, they should be treated by whomever is available without regard to their religion, race, sex, creed or any other consideration. No special privileges should be given to barbarians.

    • However, what about a woman’s preference to be seen by a female doctor, if available?

      • “If available”, not MADE available., there’s a difference.

        There are also medical technologists, EKG technicians, Xray, Ultra sound, etc. etc

        It is a well known fact that once you start accommodating muslims by meeting one demand, they never end. Watch & learn.

  3. If the doctors are maintaining the same cleanliness standards as before, what’s the issue? I would see it as worrisome if this system were forced on mainstream America, but it isn’t here—and hospitals are a customer service industry.

    So long as it doesn’t cost extra to the taxpayers (it should be noted that Harlem and Elmhurst Hospitals are owned by the City of New York), what’s the problem? You can keep Muslims from imposing a political system on the USA, but what’s wrong with catering to someone’s cultural taste?

    Also, it is normal for hospitals in NYC to cater to all faiths.

  4. They have been indoctrinated since birth, you can’t change their beliefs or attitudes.

    • That’s true, but please explain why we have to change our beliefs attitudes to accomodate them? They are in our country, in our hospitals. Our procedures do not risk their health but treat them appropriately, which is the purpose of a hospital. A hospital, unless run by a religion, should be religion neutral with no accomodation whatsoever for silly superstitions or as someone else said, they can go to their witch doctor.

      If they wish to live in a Sharia compliant country, they are free to go to one.

      • Is there a cost incurred as a result? No.

        In addition, many women just feel more comfortable with a female doctor for perfectly secular reasons of safety. Are you intending to take that away too? That would be an unintended consequence in your plan.

        • Don’t be so sure. All this catering to religious beliefs in a medical setting is time consuming. Making sure there are female doctors & technicians 24/7 has to also move the bottom line. Don’t kid yourself, kid, there are definitely added costs.

          Your habit of always taking the opposite position and presenting yourself as the “voice of reason” is getting irritating & boring. I think you’d be much happier at Huff Po with your like minded useful idiots.

        • Not only that, muslim women are permitted to be examined by a male doctor and many do.. There are those who do not feel comfortable with a male doctor but that is true even of many non-muslim women.

      • I’m with you, we don’t & shouldn’t change our beliefs to accommodate immigrants. They should be luck y to live in North America and count their blessings instead of making any demands.

  5. Why people can’t see that the best medical care comes from Christian countries is beyond me. Why didn’t Allah, Krisna,or the witch doctor do it for them?

  6. HOSPITALS ARE THERE TO TREAT PEOPLE MEDICALLY NOT SPIRITUALLY. GO TO YOUR OWN COUNTRY FOR THE SPECIAL SERVICE OR TREATMENTS. MAKING SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR A GROUP WILL ONLY ENHANCE THE REASON TO MAKE MORE SPECIAL NEEDS AVAILABLE LATER.
    WILL THEY BEGIN TO CHANGE THE MENU AT HOSPITALS TO CATER TO THEIR CUSTOMS?

    AT WHOSE COSTS WILL ALL THESE CONSIDERATIONS BE MADE FOR. SPECIAL CHEFS, SPECIAL ROOM SETUPS TO ACCOMMODATE THE DIRECTION TO WHICH THE BED POINTS TO.

    IF YOU NEED MEDICAL TREATMENT, YOU SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT THE TREATMENT AND NOT THE CULTURAL SET-UPS. WELCOME TO AMERICA!

  7. As a labor and delivery nurse I can assure you this will add to the cost. Demanding patients are very time consuming and disrupt the flow of good pt. care. I would never go to another country and make demands. these people have no respect!

  8. Well people, It is well past the camels nose being in our tent!
    When will this lunacy end!!!!
    Is there anyone out there that will stand up and tell people ” if you don’t want to abide by our rules then leave the hospital”. How about carrying that one step further….If you don’t want to abide by our rules LEAVE THE COUNTRY!!!
    No chance of them ever leaving the US on their own, why would they…..free medical, food stamps, rent assistance, free education, monthly debit card, live in communities where no English is needed both written and spoken, and all this without any need, or demand, for them to assimilate into our culture.
    I’ve had enough!!

  9. Sharia compliant means that the Muslim doctors will NOT wash their hands,germs will spread everywhere and we will have an increase in disease on an epic scale. The Muslims in the UK Hospitals have complained about hygiene requirements.

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