Religious Health Systems are Just Like Any Other Big Business

Recently had a client who had signed an employment contract in the past with a hospital system sponsored by a religious organization.




She was shocked to discover they treated her just like her previous employer—a for-profit system.  That is, poorly.




It doesn’t matter if your organization is for-profit, not-for-profit or sponsored by some sort of church. They’re all lead by businessmen (and they’re almost exclusively men) with the same sort of training.




The training that teaches them to see you a cog—a factory worker rather than a skilled healer. Experience teaches that for the most part, the leaders in religiously-sponsored health systems treat their special “church” status as a kind of tax-dodge, doing just enough “religious stuff” to keep their privileges. But when it comes to their balance sheet, their religious views very rarely get in the way.




Clinicians should beware.




Don’t use religiosity as a yardstick for whether or not an employer will treat you with dignity. Instead, ask them if they risk-share with their primes under their Medicare Advantage contract.




If they do, give them another look.




If they don’t, run.




That is, unless you enjoy being a cog.