Patients, Families & Healthcare Professional At Odds
“AMA discharges” — patients who leave the ER or hospital “against medical advice” — have long been a source of consternation in the hospital, the ER and with families who’s loved one is not able to adhere to the hospital regimen. Some patients and families feel coerced into staying, making doctors and nurses feel like jailers rather than caregivers.
Contrary to what some doctors and nurses tell families, insurance will pay for the services, even if the patient walks out without completing the recommended treatment.
Learn more about this topic.
- The Patient Wants to Leave. The Hospital Says ‘No Way.’ (New York Times)
- Financial Responsibility of Hospitalized Patients Who Left Against Medical Advice: Medical Urban Legend? (Journal of General Internal Medicine)