EMTALA Importance

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Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is a federal law enacted by congress in 1986 to put a stop to unethical practices and ensure that people arriving to the emergency department are guaranteed treatment and stabilization for a legit emergency, nevertheless of their insurance standing or capability to provide finances for treatment or services. EMTALA defines emergency as a severe condition that can manifest and place the person's health and well being in danger. EMTALA is also known as the "anti-dumping" law, created to stop hospitals from moving Medicaid and uninsured patients who lack financial resources to pay for treatment or services, to public hospitals without at least conducting a medical screening to confirm the patients…show more content…
Because of EMTALA patients will no longer be turned away for economical reasons. They will be attended to with medical screening and examinations no matter the condition. Patient dumping" became an issue when so many unstable people were turned away or transferred started to have more difficulties with their health condition because they were not attended to on the spot at the time. Many hospitals participated in this practice and it was only endangering the patient’s health and life. The purpose of health care is to meet the medical needs and the safety and well being of a…show more content…
I believe it’s very beneficial to those of us who are uninsured and are unable to pay for services or treatment rendered. It gives the uninsured a chance to get treatment and set up a payment plan after, but it’s not beneficial to the doctors, hospitals and taxpayers. The doctors are basically working for free when they tend to patients that are protected by the EMTALA law. Honestly, becoming a doctor means you accept that you will be faced with challenges and responsibilities. Doctors basically pledge to help others in need. Also, even though the ETMALA law is considered to be an unfunded mandate, we are all actually paying for it. Even though hospitals and physicians have the greatest obligation to provide, taxpayers also play an important role. Doctors and hospital provide services taxpayer provide resources. According to American Medical Association (AMA) study of May 2003, emergency doctors perform over $130, 000 worth of charity care a year and put in over thirty hours worth of hours
There are penalties associated with violating the EMTALA law and they include up $50,000 worth of hospital and physician fines, the hospital can be sued for personal injury and a recipient hospital who have experienced financial loss because the sending hospital violated the EMTALA, can sue to regain losses. However, there is no disruption if a patient rejects treatment or services unless there is confirmation of

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