Monday, September 7, 2009

Did You Know?

Did you know that most* states require by law health care personnel to treat people in emergency situations regardless of their ability to pay?

For example, one Florida statute provides:

..... a person may not be denied needed prehospital treatment or transport from any licensee for an emergency medical condition.....


.... A person may not be denied treatment for any emergency medical condition that will deteriorate from a failure to provide such treatment at any general hospital.... (Fla. Stat. § 401.45)

Furthermore, when a physician treats someone in these situations, the doctor and related personnel are usually protected from liability.

* I am not aware of any state that does not require health care personnel to treat emergency-related health care maladies.

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