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According to EMTALA, you can refuse to treat things that are not considered emergencies. The trick is, though, it has to be determined through a medical exam that it is not an emergency. Triage does not count. so you've got to get the person back there for the exam, and since they're back there, might as well treat them.
I think EMTALA needs some serious tweaking. Or those who wrote it should be willing to pick up the tab.
Edit to add: still, I think I'd suggest a nail salon instead of an emergency room for a hangnail. Much cheaper.
I do know that hospitals can and do garnish wages to pay for things if a person has an income. They can also put liens against property.
And I thought I was the only one who heard of the potato trick. I stil haven't figured out why a potato. Why not a turnip?
Someone who called and tried to make an appointment for the next day. We explained "This is the emergency room."
Person replied "I know. I don't want to wait, I want an appointment for tomorrow." We said, "Call the clinic."
Generalizing women as mostly catty, and men more team oriented only further divides nurses. That's really something the profession doesn't need.
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