I was wondering if anyone knew if, in general (I assume difference insurance companies will have different policies), an insurance company will pay for services if the patient ends up leaving AMA?
I'm not really concerned about those people who come in and waste my time and resources, then want to leave...I mean, why come in if you don't want to be helped? But what about those well-intentioned people who really did need to be there, the n/v/d who needed the fluids and meds, and then just need to be discharged? They've had meds, labs, xrays/CTs sometimes, ($$$) and have to wait for HOURS for the ER doc to review all the results and discharge them. They feel better and they just want to go home! I really sympathize with those people. I mean, we're all busy and doing the best we can, and the ER docs are swamped, but these people just want to go home. If they leave AMA, because they don't want to wait any longer for discharge (or what if it's an admit and they don't think they need to stay), will their insurance company pay for the services, or will these patients get stuck with a huge bill?