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If a county hospital in Texas does not carry a cerain medication can they refuse emergency care?


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2008-09-25 17:18:21
2008-09-25 17:18:21

No hospital can refuse to offer emergency care per se, under EMTALA ( a law). However, a hospital that cannot treat a given disorder, either because they lack the requried expertise on site, the right equipment, and/or the right medication, can require the patient be transferred to another facility. They can't just dump you -- they need to assist in maintiaining your health until they can effectively make the transfer.


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