GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away
GOP Lawmaker Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away | HuffPost
Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) proposed on Friday that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep health care costs down.
"I'm an emergency room nurse," Black told MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Friday. "There are people that came into my emergency room that I, the nurse, was the first one to see them. I could have sent them to a walk-in clinic or their doctor the next day, but because of a law that Congress put into place to say, no, I have to treat everybody that walks into that emergency room."
"You took away our ability to say, ‘No, an emergency room is not the proper place.' And then, you put a burden on top of that to say, ‘You must do that,'" added the congresswoman, who is also running for governor of Tennessee.
On one hand, I absolutely understand her frustration with some types of emergency room visits: the frequent fliers, people who could wait until morning for their primary or urgent care and those patients who will not participate in their care.
On the other hand I think it's a really slippery slope as to who would get turned away and who would make that decision. There was a reason Reagan signed this into law. Besides...those who come in with a sore throat will be triaged to the absolute end of the line and have to wait for hours anyway.