Patient dumping and the law forbidding it
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF) -- In 1986 Congress passed an anti-patient dumping law. It specifically mandates emergency departments in hospitals participating in Medicare to screen and stabilize an individual who comes to the hospital with an emergency medical condition regardless of the person’s ability to pay.
Experts have found people with a psychiatric medical condition could be especially vulnerable to patient dumping because unlike other patients they don’t have the resources or capacity to report a violation.
Hospitals can be fined as well as physicians and sued by patients.