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If you’re concerned with the big-picture issues of healthcare and hoping for change, we’re with you. SCL Health is committed to healthcare advocacy to improve the health of our communities and those we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. We aim to make a difference for good, both at the patient’s bedside and at the national level.
Areas of advocacy
Our advocacy activities fall into three primary, yet related, areas:
- Individual/Community Advocacy - Focused on meeting immediate human needs through provision of direct services and community partnerships
- Organizational/System Advocacy - Focused on provider integrity, internal justice and social and environmental responsibility
- Societal/Governmental Advocacy - Focused on achieving systemic change through legislation, regulation and political activism
Aligned with the Catholic Health Association
SCL Health’s advocacy agenda is based on the Catholic Health Association’s Vision for U.S. Health Care:
- Human Dignity - Because each person is created in the image of God, each life is sacred and possesses inalienable worth. Healthcare is essential to promoting and protecting the inherent dignity of every individual from conception to natural death.
- Common Good - The health and well-being of each person is intertwined with the health and well-being of the broader community. Access to healthcare is an essential element contributing to the common good alongside others such as education, employment and a safe environment.
- Concern for the Poor and Vulnerable - The moral measure of society is how it treats the poor and vulnerable, who are particularly marginalized by a lack of access to healthcare.
- Stewardship - Our societal resources are finite, and we must make wise choices for how they are allocated. Healthcare resources should focus on the well-being of the community and be structured to deliver the care that is most medically beneficial and promotes public health.
- Justice - Healthcare is a basic human right alongside food and shelter, all of which are necessary for individuals to participate fully in society.
- Pluralism - The healthcare system should allow and encourage involvement of the public and private sectors including voluntary, religious, and not-for-profit organizations, and it should respect the religious and ethical values of patients and healthcare providers alike.
Health policy platform
Our Health Policy Platform of accessible and affordable healthcare for everyone is based on the premise that access to healthcare for all must be vigorously and thoughtfully pursued. Our platform is aligned with the American Hospital Association and the Catholic Health Association. We support the Affordable Care Act provisions for appropriate financial assistance for the poor through premium subsidies and the expansion of government programs. This is particularly important to SCL Health as part of our mission is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.
We recognize the costs of healthcare are accelerating – affecting jobs and our economy – and we are holding ourselves accountable for the quality and affordability of the care we deliver.