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    Default Can Er Hospital "Block Me" if an Emergency

    My question involves public health law in the State of: New Hampshire. Per local Health System I have been blocked by an Ortho "knee" doc of Practice. Block has also been instituted for All Ortho docs and ER affiliated hospital if knee is injured. The reason for "blocking" me was I refused immediate surgery, (wanting a 2nd Opinion) I could walk with some pain. Their letter blocking me said , "Because we no longer have a positive therapeutic relationship." I could care less about that, however, God forbid if I were in a car accident, with knee/leg severely injured can the affiliated ER Hospital "block" me for this situation. I handled myself appropriately, just wanted a dx and did not verbally or sign an agreement for surgery thru Ortho "knee" doc. I have no plans suing or pursuing a complaint towards this Ortho "knee"doc. I just want to make sure I am covered by Law re: serious knee injuries from a car accident permitted in affiliated hospital. This is a Non-Profit Hospital. I do have full Medicare and Supplemental Insurance. I have contacted Admin to no response.

    Thank For Any Advice/Suggestions. Sincerely. MeWnh

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    Default Re: Can Er Hospital "Block Me" if an Emergency

    Were you asking for pain medication to treat your knee pain ?

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    Default Re: Can Er Hospital "Block Me" if an Emergency

    What do you mean by covered?

    Understand that just because you show up at an ER doesn't mean they have to treat you. The law (EMTALA) that prohibits dumping requires that the condition be an emergency.
    An emergency medical condition is defined as "a condition manifesting itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that the absence of immediate medical attention could reasonably be expected to result in placing the individual's health [or the health of an unborn child] in serious jeopardy, serious impairment to bodily functions, or serious dysfunction of bodily organs."

    Your knee problems almost certainly are not emergent.

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    My question involves public health law in the State of: New Hampshire. Per local Health System I have been blocked by an Ortho "knee" doc of Practice. Block has also been instituted for All Ortho docs and ER affiliated hospital if knee is injured. The reason for "blocking" me was I refused immediate surgery, (wanting a 2nd Opinion) I could walk with some pain. Their letter blocking me said , "Because we no longer have a positive therapeutic relationship." I could care less about that, however, God forbid if I were in a car accident, with knee/leg severely injured can the affiliated ER Hospital "block" me for this situation. I handled myself appropriately, just wanted a dx and did not verbally or sign an agreement for surgery thru Ortho "knee" doc. I have no plans suing or pursuing a complaint towards this Ortho "knee"doc. I just want to make sure I am covered by Law re: serious knee injuries from a car accident permitted in affiliated hospital. This is a Non-Profit Hospital. I do have full Medicare and Supplemental Insurance. I have contacted Admin to no response.

    Thank For Any Advice/Suggestions. Sincerely. MeWnh
    If you were in a accident like you describe above. Your knee and leg would not be the worst of your injuries. Have you seen a orthopedic surgeon for a second opinion ? If you have not gotten a second opinion, why not ?

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    Default Re: Can Er Hospital "Block Me" if an Emergency

    Thank You for Your replies! I can understand why my post may be confusing. Let me better clarify. 1.) I was not asking for any pain medication or any medication. 2.) My Primary Physician referred me to this "Ortho Knee Physician". I did not realize, until entering office, this Ortho "knee" Physician was an Ortho knee SURGEON, not a Physician as a Specialist in knees. I refused treatment of Surgery. I wanted a 2nd opinion. We live in a very small town, with 100 bed hospital and few Physicians in Health System. We have no options except this "Ortho Knee and hip Surgeon. For a 2nd Opinion, I would have to go to a larger Health System, outside of this present one. My knee eventually healed on it's own with exercises designed for a torn meniscus. I do not, nor have ever complained about being "blocked" from ER re: knee issues. I am Concerned, however, being in a very serious car crash affecting my body parts including my knees, if I would be "blocked" by ER per example, by ambulance.

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    Thank You for Your replies! I can understand why my post may be confusing. Let me better clarify. 1.) I was not asking for any pain medication or any medication. 2.) My Primary Physician referred me to this "Ortho Knee Physician". I did not realize, until entering office, this Ortho "knee" Physician was an Ortho knee SURGEON, not a Physician as a Specialist in knees. I refused treatment of Surgery. I wanted a 2nd opinion. We live in a very small town, with 100 bed hospital and few Physicians in Health System. We have no options except this "Ortho Knee and hip Surgeon. For a 2nd Opinion, I would have to go to a larger Health System, outside of this present one. My knee eventually healed on it's own with exercises designed for a torn meniscus. I do not, nor have ever complained about being "blocked" from ER re: knee issues. I am Concerned, however, being in a very serious car crash affecting my body parts including my knees, if I would be "blocked" by ER per example, by ambulance.
    You would not be blocked from the ER after a car accident or any other emergency medical situation.

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    I guarantee in emergent situations we won't even be looking at medical billing records and the like. It's against the law for us to refuse treatment based on whether you have insurance, owe us money, etc... I worked in an ER and certainly have been in enough others over the years.

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    I appreciate that I was able to better clarify my concerns. I wish to Thank PayrolGuy and flyingron for your information. You, both, have assuaged my concerns and fears. Thank You, both, So Very Much. Most Sincerely.

    Thank You so Very Much. You have assuaged my concerns and fears.

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    I appreciate that I was able to better clarify my concerns. I wish to Thank PayrolGuy and flyingron for your information. You, both, have assuaged my concerns and fears. Thank You, both, So Very Much. Most Sincerely.

    Thank You so Very Much. You have assuaged my concerns and fears.
    Glad we could help.

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