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Patient Dumping and the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)

Posted in Levels of Care

During much of the 20th century, hospitals did not have a duty to treat patients who entered emergency departments. Without any given reason, they could refuse to treat certain patients. The practice of “patient dumping” arose from that lack of duty. Patient dumping refers to situations when hospitals deny emergency medical screening and stabilization services…. Continue Reading