This is for those that need a reminder – medical treatment can’t be denied to any person in the United States in time of an emergency. Money doesn’t come into the question because the hospital must triage you and stabilize you by federal law.
The law is called Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) and it went into effect in 1986. This was done to ensure public access to emergency services regardless to the ability to pay. (https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/EMTALA/)
The exact wording from the page is “In 1986, Congress enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act (EMTALA) to ensure public access to emergency services regardless of ability to pay. Section 1867 of the Social Security Act imposes specific obligations on Medicare-participating hospitals that offer emergency services to provide a medical screening examination (MSE) when a request is made for examination or treatment for an emergency medical condition (EMC), including active labor, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay. Hospitals are then required to provide stabilizing treatment for patients with EMCs. If a hospital is unable to stabilize a patient within its capability, or if the patient requests, an appropriate transfer should be implemented.”
The other major component of medical treatment 101 is for those who have lost their jobs and have their medical through the job that they had. It is called Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA). It came out in 1985 Cobra gives workers who have lost their jobs to pay up to 102% of the cost of the plan. This site gives a lot of information and a way to contact the US Department of Labor (https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/health-plans/cobra)
There is no one who should be without insurance. If you don’t and have to go to the hospital there is something that they don’t like to talk about and that is they have a charity fund.
I know that money talks but guess what … if you are sick you need medical more than the money – your life is more valuable.
Do walls work?
It would if you needed to build a house. If you are in a country with a wall around it, then no. The reason is that walls are meant to keep people out and in this world today of a global market then you are not going to make it.
When have walls ever worked?
When you need to have a warm home then yes, the walls would work. As Germany found out after World War 2 when there was a wall in Berlin people found ways to get around it. When Berlin had the wall, it was to prevent people from going to the West. There were more freedoms in the west side of Berlin and there were better jobs.
With President (didn’t want to say that word with the next one) Trump wanting to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico this is not good. The problem is that he honestly feeling that he is right with this.
This is only one of the stupid things that have been done lately. Mr. Trump is wanting to get list made of people who are Muslims, and they are Americans the same way that it was done in Germany during the 1930’s.
If there are list made, will be Muslims first, then other religions, then different color skin, what is next?
Are we going to be having a bar code put on our arms? Are we going back in time? I feel so sorry for the survivors of the German Camps to have to go through this again. I am so sorry that the people who grew up with the family members that went through that hell. They have my respect, love and I will defend them.
(I am in the last section)