View Poll Results: One of our healthcare cost problems appears to be EMTALA mandated care

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  • EMTALA is OK for now but replacement ASAP

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  • Stop EMTALA, people must pay for their medical care.

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  • Stop EMTALA, itís not even constitutional.

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Thread: What should we do with emergency medical care, EMTALA

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    Re: What should we do with emergency medical care, EMTALA

    If anyone wants to check on the Dr. I was directed to see by my insurance company here he is:
    Malpractice & Sanctions Information for Dr. Robert W. Stokes - Dermatology - Grand Rapids, MI
    BTW, my GP had me take an AIDs test because of him.
    Last edited by OhIsee.Then; 12-04-11 at 03:23 PM.

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    Re: What should we do with emergency medical care, EMTALA

    Quote Originally Posted by OhIsee.Then View Post
    If anyone wants to check on the Dr. I was directed to see by my insurance company here he is:
    Malpractice & Sanctions Information for Dr. Robert W. Stokes - Dermatology - Grand Rapids, MI
    BTW, my GP had me take an AIDs test because of him.
    Whoaaa not good

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    Re: What should we do with emergency medical care, EMTALA

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    we live in a society that doesn't let people die in the street just because they don't have money. i think that's a good thing.
    Agreed. Though I am conservative, I cannot be inhumane and block life-saving, emergency treatment for the poor.

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    Re: What should we do with emergency medical care, EMTALA

    Quote Originally Posted by kamikaze483 View Post
    How could it be better, when the public option would end up replacing the private option, and the government would then be telling your doctor how to treat you?
    Because the politicians running it will make sure I get taken care of to keep my vote, and so it will be better than private insurance companies telling my doctor how to treat me.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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    Re: What should we do with emergency medical care, EMTALA

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I think a bigger issue is the use of ERs as diagnostic tools for non-fatal illnesses. Going to the ER because the kid has a 99.7 temp and a sniffle, especially if you don't plan to pay, is abusive and wasteful. It clogs waiting rooms and wastes resources. Let's fix that, because true emergent care for life-threatening circumstances is a much smaller issue.
    This is exactly how I feel. I would like to add a couple of things. I think the American mind set has also changed in the last couple of generations. Previous generations tended to only seek treatment for semi serious or serious issues that absolutely required medical attention. Now we seem to expect medical attention anytime we are not feeling perfect. Have a cold or flu? They go to the doctors. Have a small cut that might get a couple of stitches, go to the doctors. Sprain a limb? go to the doctors.... People that are on government medical assistant programs, are insured, or seek treatment and then refuse to pay with these minor issues only drive up the cost of medical treatment for the rest of us.

    Secondly is the right to refuse repeat abusers. A acquaintance of mine has worked in the medical field for 30+ years. She volunteers her time to free clinics on her off days to help people who may not be able to afford medical treatment. Her biggest complaint, drug addicts that continuously seek treatment in an attempt to receive prescribed pain killers. While they can be refused prescribed medications if no causes are found from my understanding they still must see the patient and waste a lot of time and resources continuously verifying no medical conditions exists. Now refusing to see these troublesome patients may seem harsh to many in case of a real issue but I believe if you cry wolf to many times you deserve to be eaten.

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    Re: What should we do with emergency medical care, EMTALA

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    Actually, she's right. My best friend works in a hospital and the ER is abused much more often than it is used (properly).
    What most people miss about this until you do the research is that the improper use of the ER for things one should get done at the GP cost a lot more than getting them done at the GP; BUT, because they are small issues the total percentage of ER cost that these GP things come to is actuall quite small. (Sorry for the long sentence.)
    These sites have info on these things.
    http://www.emtala.com/062001.pdf
    The Impact of Unreimbursed Care on the Emergency Physician
    Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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