They’re coming for you next: The Mass General Brigham (MGB) hospital network in Massachusetts has now established a policy that will deny healthcare to anyone who says something it doesn’t like.
The code covers not only “physical or verbal threats and assaults” and “sexual or vulgar words or actions,” but also “offensive comments about others’ race, accent, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other personal traits” or refusal to see staff based on those traits. It frowns on “unwelcome words or actions” as well.
While patients can give their side when accused of violating the code, MGB warns that it may ask them to “make other plans for their care” in response to some violations. They might also be banned from “future non-emergency care … though we expect this to be rare.”
The code of conduct can be read here. Moreover, a scan of MGB’s website shows it to be totally invested in the agendas of critical race theory as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. The top of its About page includes a link to a description of its “Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,” which describes in careful terms the quota policies the hospital now follows, designed to choose minorities in hiring rather than those with better medical qualifications.
Apparently, if you go for treatment at MGB, you might not get the best or smartest care, but dammit! your doctors and nurses will be the right race or ethnicity!
Of course, this is assuming these bigots choose to serve you. The code of conduct is very vague, especially in areas of “gender and sexual orientation.” Would the hospital ban you if you refused to use a person’s preferred pronouns? When asked “if misgendering or deadnaming — using a transgender person’s birth or legal name — counted as code violations,” a MGB official refused to say.
Based on the behavior of these leftist thugs in the past few years, I fully expect this hospital to remove any conservative or follower of the traditional Judeo-Christian religions if they are assigned a cross-dresser as their doctor and refuse to use his or her preferred pronouns.
Of course, should a Muslim object I also suspect this hospital will look the other way. The religion of peace always gets a pass in leftist circles.
The insanity of this is chilling, to say the least. This hospital has now decided its job is not merely taking care of its patients’ health, but to monitor and control their speech and their political positions. You want treatment? Then you better toe the line and agree verbally with the queer agenda as well as all the left’s political positions. Say otherwise, and this hospital threatens to not treat you.
The worst aspect of this story however is that MGB is not alone in this policy. According to a recent survey, almost every medical institution in the country is adopting similar policies to enforce the “woke” agenda.
All told, more than six out of 10 medical schools scored 80% [in promoting “woke”]. The Ohio State University College of Medicine audit shows a score of 93%, making it one of the most woke medical schools in America. Crucially, no institution scored lower than 50% — meaning virtually every medical school is implementing at least half the policies woke activists want.
So how are medical schools most woke? Affirmative action, for one: 100% have “admissions policies and practices for encouraging a diverse class of students.” Fully 85% have leaders who’ve “used demographic data to promote change” within their institution. In other words, medical schools are giving skin color and gender a consistently bigger emphasis in recruiting. This approach risks de-prioritizing merit, leading to a lower quality of medical students.
Schools are all but uniformly woke on many other measures. Ninety-nine percent have leaders who routinely participate in local, state or national DEI forums, diverting their focus from actual education. Some 98% have created a system for students to report bias, which risks self-censorship from educators who fear reprisals for teaching health care’s more difficult topics. The same percentage have launched new initiatives or funding streams for DEI, while 97% have “a dedicated office, staff, and resources.”
That means there’s a permanent bureaucracy at most medical schools pushing woke ideology on faculty and students alike. These efforts take away time and money from actual education.
In our new dark age, expect healthcare to decline badly in future years. For the past seven decades, since the civil rights movement in the 1960s, Americans had the best healthcare in the world, because it put merit and skill above race. There was no racism in who was hired, so the best always rose to the top. Nor was their bigotry in who was treated. Everyone got care, no matter their race or political views.
This is not our future. In the future segregation and discrimination will trump skill and merit, and thus the quality of doctors and care will decline, and some will be denied care because of what they believe or the color of their skin. What difference does it make that in the past the discrimination was against blacks, and now it is against whites. In both cases, bigotry results in worse healthcare for all. Sadly, Americans are now returning to those past corrupt policies.