Where to get emergency surgery?

Any emergency room in America. If you have a life threatening or limb threatening condition you can walk into any emergency room in America and get medical care regardless of your insurance status or ability to pay. This also applies to patients in active labor. In 1986 congress enacted the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) to ensure public access to emergency medical care regardless of ability to pay. Hospitals with emergency rooms have doctors on call who volunteer or are paid to provide emergency medical care to all patients who need emeergency care regardless of their ability to pay. They are not, however, required to provide non-emergency care and they are not required to do it for free. You will recieve a bill afterwards from both the hospital and physician. But you get the care first then deal with the bill later. Emergency medical care is much more expensive than elective care. If you have a condition that needs elective surgery you will save a lot of money if you get it taken care of before it becomes an emergency. If your life is in danger, don't hesitate. Go to the ER.


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