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  •  Emergency stabilizing treatment is an obligation (7+ / 0-)

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    The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) is a U.S. Act of Congress passed in 1986 as part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). It requires hospitals to provide care to anyone needing emergency healthcare treatment regardless of citizenship, legal status or ability to pay. There are no reimbursement provisions. Participating hospitals may only transfer or discharge patients needing emergency treatment under their own informed consent, after stabilization, or when their condition requires transfer to a hospital better equipped to administer the treatment.

    "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

    by nightsweat on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 10:18:35 AM PST

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