Healthcare reform will pass with universal coverage, including an employer mandate, but it will result in fewer Roman Catholic hospitals, a survey released last week of some 1,200 Catholic healthcare leaders predicted.
The St. Louis-based Catholic Health Association said the survey, which was taken earlier this month at the CHA's annual meeting in Philadelphia, showed that 52% of the executives think reform will pass with universal coverage. Some 33% of respondents answered "no" to the question, and another 15% said they weren't sure.
When it comes to the future of the Catholic hospital, a resounding 80% said there would be fewer Catholic hospitals in three years. Just 8% disagreed with that and 12% were undecided. CHA members said "Catholic identity" was the most pressing issue facing Catholic healthcare.