Hospital won't save a person's life, if he doesn't have money to pay

United States
October 6, 2010 3:28pm CST
This is really a ethical question for a doctor and those hospital institutions. If there is a person who is badly injured, and he is in need of emergency help for the moment, would a doctor consider saving his life first or whether he has enough money to pay for the hospital bill? That might be a dilemma, and not all the hospitals are running a charity in this country. For me, a ultimate goal of a doctor is to save life, because he/she is not a salesperson. From news, I saw hospitals won't accept a injured person's registration, because he doesn't have insurance nor has money to afford the bill. It is all over the world, and I feel shame on them.
13 responses
@ajett1 (65)
• United States
31 Dec 10
A hospital in America can't turn away a uninsured person who is not stable if a man's life is in danger they must be treated now they don't have to use the most expensive means of treatment and they don't have to cure the person but it's not like if they are having a heart attack or bleeding out that the doc's gonna be like "what? can't pay? sorry" and watch the man die do they have to preform a bypass on the man having a heart attack? no but they can't just not treat him.
@elmiko (6640)
• United States
7 Oct 10
this is one of the main reasons obama passed the healthcare reform law so people like that can get coverage. while republicans were trying to scare people into being against healthcare reform obama had a good heart on doing the right thing. it wasn't about winning or losing for him like the republicans were when it came to passing healthcare reform. he just wanted to do the right thing. from what i've heard though doctors still accept people that are injured even when they are not covered by insurance or can't afford it even when there losing money on them. still something like that can't continue when the doctors are losing money. the studies suggest in the long-term healthcare reform will save money by reducing the federal deficit while at the same time insuring people that were once not insured.
• Lithuania
7 Oct 10
In my country if you don't give "small present" to doctor who's curring you, he can "cure" you so good, that you will die in a few days.
• China
7 Oct 10
It is really a difficult and realistic problem that we all have encountered.If hospital save a person's life,but he doesn't have any money.Who should pay for it? If hospital will not do it,the person will die,who is responsible for it?What is a doctor's soul?
@namdaemun (283)
• Indonesia
7 Oct 10
i agree with you. doctors should prioritize life other than money. But the reality seems a bit far from the truth, you know. We need some changes here
@chaoz674 (80)
• Philippines
7 Oct 10
yes THAT'S TRUE!!! Unfortunately... Life isn't fair...
@banban (602)
• China
7 Oct 10
Yeah, that's reality. I really don't know who to blame for these similar phenomena. We all say that saving the life is a doctor's the greatest duty, but pretty sadly, without money, the doctor usually don't to carry out his duty for the patient. And I believe there are many poors die from it.
@llbo1981 (1242)
• China
7 Oct 10
This is an actual situation in the world.The responsibility of the hospital is to save the people's lives.But the fact is that if you have no enough money to pay for the bill,the hospital will refuse you.
@ajosh319 (100)
• Philippines
7 Oct 10
i stand against it.. hospitals and any health care providers there first mission is to save life first before their pockets...
@udaymohan (437)
• India
7 Oct 10
It is definitely not ethical for any hospital to turn away any person who is in dire need of emergency help. However, sadly there are number of such cases all over the world. Even in my Country, I have come across such cases.
• United States
7 Oct 10
There's a law here that prevents doctors from refusing treatment to those in need of it, even if they can't pay. I would hope other countries do the same. Doctors are here to save lives, I feel as though it would go against all beliefs to refuse to do so.
@peavey (16876)
• United States
6 Oct 10
I've never heard of a hospital in the US turning away anyone, either. Every state and county has welfare programs to help those who cannot pay or who have no insurance. This might be something new caused by the poor economy or the Federal health care program, I don't know, but I hope not.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
6 Oct 10
I've never heard of an American hospital turning anyone away before. Now, that's not saying they haven't. But I've never heard of anyone in urgent need of medical care being denied. I've heard about people sent to other hospitals, people shuffled out of the rooms, and people not getting the "best" procedures because of a lack of insurance or the insurance not covering it. But a hospital not saving a person's life is something I haven't heard about. I've heard about people with cancer not being able to get free medicine and the best ongoing treatments for their disease. I've heard about injured people no longer receiving physical theraphy from hospitals if they have no way of paying for it. But never about turning their back on a person in immediate danager. I do find a lot of that to be a shame. I don't think money should rule all when it comes to health. Then again, there's a part of me that knows it's not really anyone else's responsibility to take care of me if I get sick. I'd probably want someone to. But could I really expect it? There are a few ways to look at that. I don't fault any, personally.