Discussion by: nycdaveThere is much debate and activity in the issue of the separation of church and state but why not the separation of church and hospitals? As I type this discussion I am sitting in the labor and delivery ward with my wife, in a hospital named after a biblical saint. It occurred to me that religious affiliation with medical science seems contradictory. The doctors here do not perform faith healing. The doctors do not prescribe holy water and there are no religious shrines in the hospital that are used for medicinal purposes. Why do we accept this unholy/un-scientific union?