Illinois Senate approves update to 1977 health care law

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SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate has approved a bill that requires doctors to inform patients of all possible treatment options, even if the doctor objects to some of the available options.

The measure, approved in a 34-19 vote, would change a 1977 law that allows doctors to refuse to perform any medical procedures that they find morally objectionable.  Under the proposal, health care providers must tell patients what the medical issue is, what treatment options are available, and where the treatment can be found, even if the provider refuses to perform the procedure.

According to the bill's sponsor, State Senator Daniel Biss, the measure is in response to a case in which a woman who was undergoing a miscarriage over the course of several weeks was not provided with a diagnosis or treatment options by the hospital she went to.
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