Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:20 PM
applegrove (67,097 posts)
"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
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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"Trauma in the ER: Who covers the uninsured?" By Noam N. Levey, Los Angeles Times (Original post)
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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 10:25 PM
kestrel91316 (50,340 posts)
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.