Did this ER physician refuse to treat the poor?

The former ER manager takes a case against the physician:

Tuvera, who was on duty that night, consulted with Cline-Campbell by telephone, relaying information collected by a paramedic. According to Tuvera, Cline-Campbell denied authorization for emergency-room treatment, saying the case was not urgent, and “these people need to stop coming to the emergency room.”

(via symtym)

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  • Anonymous

    So wait a minute, is the question whether this doctor refused to “treat the poor,” or did she just not perform a service to a patient for which she was under a contract or agreement to provide?

    It sounds as if this is a workplace dispute in which at least one and possibly both parties are using the allegation of contract service non-compliance.

    Treating the poor is not, as merciful as it may sound, anything a doctor is required to do unless he (or she, as the case here) is bound under some agreement to provide that treatment. Whether the patient was poor or not is really not the point.

  • Anonymous

    From what I could tell from the (badly written) article was that there was not a doctor, PA, or NP physically in the ER rather only RN’s…..scary.

  • Anonymous

    while i agree that Emerg rooms should not see nonemergency cases, once the patient is triaged by a nurse and approved for being seen by a doctor, then the doctor cannot discriminate based on patients financial status or lack of insurance

  • M Hawkins

    Can a doctor refuse to take new consults in the ER if he’s does not want to be available on weekends?