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

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

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    What should we do with emergency medical care, EMTALA

    One of our healthcare cost problems appears to be EMTALA mandated care
    that started in 1986. This is the requirement that emergency rooms accept
    patients that can’t, won’t and will not pay. This increases the cost of health
    care for those legitimately participating in our private healthcare system.
    EMTALA doesn’t even seem constitutional. What should be done?

    http://www.cecentral.com/assets/1947/men09183_online%20material.pdf
    Last edited by OhIsee.Then; 11-30-11 at 11:46 PM.

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

    Please, someone tell me what is wrong with my poll.
    My poll has been up for almost a day with 37 viewers and no responses.

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

    All of your options are really against EMTALA.....

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

    Superbiased poll with no options for other's opinions.
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    Re: What should we do with emergency medical care, EMTALA

    I thought I had given 2 options: keep it and improve it when possible or get rid of it and why. Maybe my keep it and improve it when possible wasnít clear. Iíll try again when I get a chance.

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

    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.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by OhIsee.Then View Post
    One of our healthcare cost problems appears to be EMTALA mandated care
    that started in 1986. This is the requirement that emergency rooms accept
    patients that can’t, won’t and will not pay. This increases the cost of health
    care for those legitimately participating in our private healthcare system.
    EMTALA doesn’t even seem constitutional. What should be done?

    http://www.cecentral.com/assets/1947/men09183_online%20material.pdf
    I voted to replace it, but I want it replaced with a single-payer national health care service paid for by a national sales tax.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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

    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.
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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.
    I get kind of tired of this response. Quite of a few conservatives think most of these issue can be reduced to a question of abuses reducing efficiency, when they can't be.

    The majority of people who go to the emergency room, and the most expensive to care for, need to be there to live and/or be functional in society. There's no easy way out of that. Similarly, the longevity of most appliers continuing reliance on unemployment benefits derive from the general lack of opportunities and the need to take a serious loss in assets and long term investments in order to pursue the remaining ones, not from laziness.

    Seriously, if reducing abuses could solve these problems, we would have done it already.

    Agree with Samsmart in spirit, but I would have to hear his reasoning on the sales tax first.
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    Re: What should we do with emergency medical care, EMTALA

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    I get kind of tired of this response. Conservatives think every issue can be reduced to a question of abuses reducing efficiency, when they aren't.

    The majority of people who go to the emergency, and the most expensive to care for, need to be there to live and be functional in society. There's no easy way out of that.
    Well, no, conservatives are right in that using the emergency room for such things are inefficient which leads to increase costs.

    But where conservatives are wrong, I think, is that they don't advocate an individual mandate system or a single-payer system in order to decrease costs by ensuring everyone pays into a health care system.
    Also, we need to legalize recreational drugs and prostitution.

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