How should emergency medical care be handled in an ideal world?

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In the scenario described below, in an ideal world, which of the following is best-

  1. The patient is left to die

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  2. The patient is saved at the expense of the hospital's owners

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  3. The patient is saved at the expense of other, paying patients

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  4. The patient is saved at taxpayer expense

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  5. The patient is saved, saddled with debt, and one of the above three pays anyway

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  6. The person is saved at the expense of a magical money tree that exists in ideal tea party la la land

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    Scenario:

    Person with life threatening illness or injury shows up at hospital emergency room. They have no proof of health insurance. They need immediate care or they will die.


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    Note that in this scenario, from the hospital's point of view, the patient cannot reasonably be expected to ever pay off any significant amount of the debt.
     
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    in an ideal world, the patient gets the best effort of all involved. money is not an issue in the ideal world.
     
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    You left out one...the patient is treated and if successful is given a reasonable payment plan with the chance to pay off the expenses that AREN'T overpriced. If it's not a successful treatment and the patient dies, then it's a % split between the hospital and the patient's estate.

    Medical costs that aren't balooned to unrealistic levels would exist in this ideal world I would assume.
     
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    "obama money" :eusa_angel:
     
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    Stupidest thread EVAH.
     
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    I put 'the patient is left to die'. It did not matter if they had money or not. We should just let them die.
     
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    In this scenario the patient can not reasonably be expected to ever pay it off.
     
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    Who would Jesus treat?
     
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