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Re: Social Economics 101

Posted by JayZeeBMT on Sun Apr 29 21:27:12 2012, in response to Re: Social Economics 101, posted by Train Dude on Sun Apr 29 20:09:47 2012.

I beg to differ. All American hospitals are legally required to do for you is provide immediate, lifesaving emergency care, appropriate "stabilizing treatment" for non-life-threatening issues (this can be, and often is, as simple as scheduling a clinic appointment for the patient), or emergency care for an unborn child.

In a very stark example of how your "social status" can kill you, A homeless woman in St. Louis was dragged from a hospital E/R, where she had insisted she was sick, to a city jail, where she promptly died when a blood clot found its way from her leg to her lungs. A doctor had declared the woman "fit for confinement" when, in excruciating pain (from, it turned out, the blood clot), she refused to leave the hospital and was arrested for trespassing.

Hospitals turn people way in America every single day. My dear departed friend Renee, another uninsured black woman like the St. Louis patient, died of the exact same thing--after being sent home from the E/R twice on the day she died.

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