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    Question Laissez-Faire Emergency Room?

    If you were shot and needed to go to the emergency room, would the hospital still be required to treat you?
    "That's one thing about freedom; you have to tolerate the nonsense too." - Ron Paul



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    Is this an issue? Does anyone know of an instance where a doctor (with the exception of obvious exceptions, like John Wilkes Booth) refused to treat a patient in serious distress? Ever?

    Main thing is, if you go to the emergency room with a head cold they can refuse to treat you. Emergency rooms for emergencies only. Oh, the horrors! How did our ancestors ever live long enough to begat us?
    Because if someone doesn't "feel comfortable" with someone in this brave new middle school Official Culture, a death sentence is perfectly reasonable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knightskye View Post
    If you were shot and needed to go to the emergency room, would the hospital still be required to treat you?
    Ethically, morally, and legally yes. To not treat would be in violation of their fiduciary duty, their Hippocratic oath, and the law.
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    'These things I command you, that you love one another.' - Jesus Christ

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    I would think that in a truly laissez-faire economy a hospital, when looking at its budget, would take into account that there are going to be some life-or-death emergencies that the patient can't pay for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sevin View Post
    I would think that in a truly laissez-faire economy a hospital, when looking at its budget, would take into account that there are going to be some life-or-death emergencies that the patient can't pay for.
    Or treat them well so they'll come back with something less severe, like another business would do. First one's on the house.
    "That's one thing about freedom; you have to tolerate the nonsense too." - Ron Paul



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