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The health care helicopter will not pick up everyone who needs it | Letter to the Editor

Christopher Davis, MD, sent you a particularly clear message on his attitude on the proposed involvement of the Franciscan Health System in the salvation of the Vashon Health Center managed by Highline Medical Center. (Letters to the editor, May 1) He felt that Vashon ought to ignore their (bishops’) directives and, rather, appreciate the benefits we’ll derive from their deep pockets. He clarified his point with a simple comparison: If you’re far out at sea and sinking and someone — the Franciscans or a Coast Guard helicopter — offers to save you, would you take the opportunity to harangue your rescuers with questions about their policies?  His message is clear: Just be glad that the Franciscans are willing to take you on board.

I think the doctor is missing a potentially large point. Yes, Vashon should be thankful for the services that the Franciscans offer, and I think most will.

However, the Catholic bishops appear to have made it very clear that their services do not extend to everyone. If your needs fall outside of those allowed by their directive, you (apparently) won’t be picked up by their helicopter. You’ll have to try to wave down another one.

Such a situation is certainly worth some advanced consideration.

— Ward Carson

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