If we lay our emergency medical treatment out there like a doormat, it will be treated like one.
But again, in the grand scheme of things, I acknowledge that this opinion is somewhat nitpicky and specific to ERs, given that the percentage of overall health care expenditures being incurred by emergency departments is actually quite small.
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
The act in question raises the cost of care and assumes that you have a right to the labor of others. Obviously the law is unfit and should be repealed.
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
My point was that a one size fits all mentality can never address the complicated issue of emergency healthcare.
Before you get carried away with further talk, let me point out some things.
Using ER's as clinics to treat non-emergency cases is a total waste of everyone's time and money. No one should get a free ride. Resources do not just appear out of thin air. But that doesnt mean that we need to be a cold cruel society that lets people die because they lack the funds to save their life. Nobody is going to be sitting around dying thinking "oh well I cant afford the care I need to survive and I wouldnt want to burden anyone else. So goodbye everyone!" AT least give the poor bastard a low interest loan for him to pay off when he gets better. But even that wont do any good until we get a hold of the outrageous prices in every aspect of medical care. When I had my entire cancerous thyroid removed and I looked at my bill I couldnt believe that the oxygen hose cost me 180 odd bucks. I bought plenty of the same hose for my Mom and it was a far cry from that price.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Generally with true medical emergencies ER's triage them to the top of the list and at the same time the admitting personnel try to identify and hunt down insurance info.