Health Care Recession

Well, it’s been quite awhile since my last post. To be perfectly
honest, there hasn’t been a whole lot to talk about. Since the last
round of Democratic primaries and the debate, even the candidates
haven’t been giving healthcare much lip service. But, thankfully, Hillary came through for us.

She has been recounting a story of a young pregnant woman who was
supposedly denied care, and later died. The story, which you can read
here, states that as a pregnant uninsured patient, she presented herself for care at the ED but was told she needed to pay $100 dollars first. Depending on the version of the story you hear, somehow she was able to be seen and “billed” for the $100.

After being seen in the ED she was told they couldn’t help her but gave her a referral for outpatient follow up. The physician’s office also refused care because of inability to pay. She later presented as an emergency case where her child was stillborn. She later died of complication of her pregnancy and childbirth.

First and foremost, if you read my previous blogs, there IS absolutely Universal Healthcarein the US. The Emergency Room may not be the best or most efficient place to receive that care, but it is FREE to anyone who presents themselves to the ED with NO ability to pay.

The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTLA) is a Federal law that requires a hospital’s Emergency Room to evaluate and treat anyone presenting with an emergency condition, regardless of their ability to pay. It is that ER’s responsibility to evaluate any person who presents to the ER for the presence of an emergency medical condition. If needed, the patient must be admitted for treatment of that condition, or stabilized and transferred to another facility that can provide the necessary care. Failure to comply with the law could mean criminal charges, fines or being barred from participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, combined the largest insurers in the US.

Second; the woman in question DID have insurance and was seen and treated
appropriately. She had been receiving prenatal care prior to her entering the hospital. Unfortunately, both she and her child died. The exact details aren’t available, likely due to HIPPA.

Certainly is a shame that politicians have to take a tragic story, place their own “spin” on it and try to use it for their own personal gain. Shameful. And, after learning that the story was not only incorrect but potentially damaging to the hospital and doctors ivolved, do you think she was at least classy enough to apologize or retract her statements? NO. Look here. But then again, she’s done that in the past, hasn’t she?

My opinion is free.
Advice is worth exactly what you pay for it.

Doc B

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