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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:20 PM

"Trauma in the ER: Who covers the uninsured?" By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times

Trauma in the ER: Who covers the uninsured?

By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-emergency-care-20120619,0,1062489.story?track=lat-pick

"SNIP....................................................

WASHINGTON Trauma surgeons at MedStar Washington Hospital Center didn't know the name of the young man wheeled into the trauma center, unconscious and bleeding from his face and head after being hit by a car. Nor did they know he lacked insurance.

But as they worked to save his life, doctors and nurses at the capital's largest hospital ran a dizzying battery of lab tests and high-tech scans. Surgeons operated repeatedly, at one point removing a portion of his skull to relieve pressure on the brain.

As happens daily in emergency rooms nationwide, the uninsured patient received medical care guaranteed by a generation-old federal mandate that requires hospitals to care for all in need, regardless of ability to pay.

For 26 years, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, or EMTALA, has been a bedrock principle of American healthcare passed by a bipartisan Congress, signed by a Republican president and largely unchallenged since by hospitals and doctors.

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Reply "Trauma in the ER: Who covers the uninsured?" By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times (Original post)
applegrove Jun 2012 OP
kestrel91316 Jun 2012 #1
GreenPartyVoter Jun 2012 #2
WCGreen Jun 2012 #3
kestrel91316 Jun 2012 #7
Liberal_in_LA Jun 2012 #6
DLevine Jun 2012 #8
riderinthestorm Jun 2012 #4
Gidney N Cloyd Jun 2012 #5

Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:25 PM

1. And then when he finally woke up, they presented him with a bill for

their services and hounded him into bankruptcy.

They are only required to provide care. There is no expectation that it will be free or cheap.

We have one of the worst medical care delivery systems in the civilized world. I suppose Somalia's is worse.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:27 PM

2. + a google

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:28 PM

3. Well, I don't think Somalia counts as a civilized country....

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Response to WCGreen (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 12:49 PM

7. Oops, my bad!

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:36 PM

6. +1

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 01:55 PM

8. Exactly right. n/t

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:28 PM

4. Not a lot of new information but well presented and an easy read. K&R nt

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:32 PM

5. What does 'passed by a bipartisan Congress" mean?

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