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Do This And You Will Live

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Faith communities are deeply involved in health care. Religious groups founded many of the hospital systems in the U.S. and Texas. Congregations and local religious groups have been major providers of care for the poor, as well as providing insurance for their employees.

There are many suggested reforms for the American health care system. Before we can evaluate reform ideas, we must identify goals for the system. As we discuss problems with the current health care system and possible goals for a reformed system, it is important for religious communities to reflect on scriptural interpretations of justice and the importance our faith traditions place on human health.