Updates to our Terms of Use

We are updating our Terms of Use. Please carefully review the updated Terms before proceeding to our website.

Wednesday, June 19, 2024 | Back issues
Courthouse News Service Courthouse News Service

Hospitals Can’t Reject Uninsured, Court Rules

BOSTON (CN) - Hospitals may be held liable for violating the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act if they refuse to admit uninsured patients who are en route to a medical facility, the 1st Circuit ruled.

A three-judge panel allowed Carolina Morales to pursue her medical malpractice claim against Hospital Español Auxilio Mutuo de Puerto Rico and the director of its emergency department, who allegedly hung up on ambulance paramedics when he found out that Morales had no insurance. Paramedics interpreted the action as a refusal to treat the plaintiff, so they took her to another hospital.

Categories / Uncategorized

Subscribe to Closing Arguments

Sign up for new weekly newsletter Closing Arguments to get the latest about ongoing trials, major litigation and hot cases and rulings in courthouses around the U.S. and the world.

Loading...