Protect UC Patient Care
Pass SB 379
Access to reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive healthcare has never been more important: we’re seeing an alarming rise in the number of states introducing legislation that would significantly bar access to these kinds of care.
The University of California – like the state of California – has been a leader in advancing reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive care for years. UC Health also plays a central role in medical care in California, they train half our doctors and provide care for nearly 2 million Californians.
But our investigations into UC Health contracts has found that every single UC Health center has contracts that impose harmful non-medical restrictions on care. Under these contracts, UC Health providers working in non-UC hospitals are unable to provide reproductive and LGBTQ-inclusive care, denying their patients high quality, evidence-based care and with a potentially dangerous impact on patient health.
A patient's health, safety, and well-being should always come first. But under these restrictive UC Health contracts, patients who need abortion care, gender-affirming care, or even contraception must be denied that care for non-medical reasons. Over 2,500 UC community members – doctors, nurses, trainees, students and staff – have signed an open letter expressing their opposition to these restrictive contracts.
SB 379 ensures that medical providers at the University of California are able to provide the high-quality, evidence-based care that patients expect and deserve.
UC patients shouldn’t have to worry about whether they are receiving quality care or have to make a difficult decision to find another facility to get the essential care they need.
Tell the California Senate it’s time to protect UC patient health.