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would suggest you rethink your post. Every first world country will see that you get care in an ER. We have always done that and always should to do otherwise is uncivilaized. The people you speak of will pay a fine on their Income tax. The answer to this is Medi Care for all, but even then you will have some like vistiors to the US who we pay for.
Posted by john258
I realize that what I posted is extremely radical, but I happen to be very tired of seeing individuals have absolutely no concern for others and they do take advantage of all of us. So how do you propose for that to be resolved? I only know one way, which is to to to a Single Payer Option, that way all of us will be responsible, Now as things stands, that issue has not been resolved.
Posted by rker321
First medical ethics demands that every patient be treated the same by any competent physician and hospital, especially public hospitals. No way would any competent medical professional knowingly withhold necessary treatment from any patient who shows up in an emergency room seeking medical treatment. Nor would any hospital turn someone away because of their inability to pay for any medical care.
Any doctor who withholds necessary medical care or gives second class care to anyone based on their ability to pay risks not only being sued but also losing their medical license. The same also applies to any medical facility, especially a hospital.
Here is a case in point. Back when I was living in Lexington Kentucky in the mid 1980s, I had a close friend who worked in the University of Kentucky Medical Center's bone marrow transplant unit. At that time their policy was that before any bone marrow transplant could be performed, all insurance had to be approved, all deductibles had to be paid as well as any co-insurance. A seven year old boy came in with leukemia and a bone marrow transplant was reccomended for that boy.
But the parent's health insurance company denied the bone marrow transplant saying that such treatment was "experimental" and not covered under the policy. The family appealed the decision and had the full support of the medical staff. The appeals process took six months and the initial denial was reversed. Therefore the bone marrow transplant could proceed.
But because of the delay, the boy's condition had deteriorated to the point that a bone marrow transplant would not inprove his chances of survival. The boy died soon afterward without getting the bone marrow transplant.
The family filed a 200 million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against the hospital, the insurance company, and the doctors. They cited that had the hospital and doctors proceded with the bone marrow transplant while the appeals process was undergoing, their son might have lived. The medical evidence showed that the bone marrow transplant done when reccomended would have given that boy a strong likilihood of survival.
A lawyer I knew told me that the lawsuit would be a "slam dunk" and a settlement would be in the millions. According to that lawyer, the suit was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, most likely well over five million dollars since that is usually the exxtent of liability insurance for most medical facilities. The judge's statement after the settlement was that he called the actions of the hospital and doctors "almost criminal" in refusing to proceed with the bone marrow transplant while the appeal was going on. He literally accused the health insurance company of committing murder by their penny wise and pound foolish decision not to approve the bone marrow transplant.
The moral of the story is that any medical facility or medical professional risks getting sued out of business and perhaps either facing criminal charges or having thier license revoked if they withhold treatment from any patient based on their inability to pay.
That is why eventually the United States will have to adopt some form of single payer health insurance financed through taxation. That way everyone will be paying something based on their ability to pay and everyone would be covered no matter what. Multi million dollar lawsuits like the one I mentioned would no longer be possible because someone received second class medical care because they lacked the ability to pay.
Withholding necessary medical care or treatment because someone is uninsured or lacks the ability to pay has never been nor will ever be a viable option in the United States. I have specifically instructed my daughters (and one is a lawyer) that should I ever receive second class medical care for any reason to sue the pants off any doctor or medical facility.