Hospital Visitation and Medical Decision Making for Same-Sex Couples

President Obama issued a presidential memorandum in 2010 “to ensure that hospitals that participate in Medicare or Medicaid respect the rights of patients to designate visitors.”. After several heartbreaking situations concerning same sex couples still being discriminated against, it has become very obvious that these guidelines are not being followed. The Joint Commission is an accredited organization that is working toward giving accreditation to hospitals that are nondiscriminatory. “It’s mission to improve public health is aided by its work evaluating health care systems and promoting the high-quality, safe, and effective provision of health services.”


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