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Question:
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A Jewish patient at the end of his life is put onto palliative care. This patient lives in an area in Hong Kong where the nearest hospice is a Buddhist one and where doctors practice with Buddhist philosophy being central to the patient care. Is the patient allowed to use the services of this hospice even though there may be a possibility that some of the healthcare professionals could be ‘ ?׳מזכיר שם עבודה זרה

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Answer:

As long as the patient himself is not involved in any religious services, prayers etc. it would seem the religion of the hospice center and its staff would not pose a halachic problem. The situation however is not ideal and if there is an alternative, it should be pursued as hw will likely be exposed in some way to their Avodah Zara.

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