Patient Dumping Case Study

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The US Commissioner Report (2011) details the rise in patient dumping from in the last ten years. Previously, hospitals were in their legal right to refuse health care to patients. It was not until the ~1980’s that a law was bought in to stop patient dumping and the refusal of treatment. Patient dumping occurs when patients are either uninsured, immigrants or lack funds to pay for medical bills that hospitals ‘dump’/relocate in a dishonourable way those patients to over hospitals. In doing so, that hospital is therefore not liable to provide treatment to the patient. It is now estimated that 250,000 US patients annually are denied medical treatment, in addition 15.4% of US citizens do not have health insurance. Recent research (Blalock & Wolfe,…show more content…
Its bid was to reduce health expenditure by deporting individuals who did not have visas or were uncertain surrounding their immigration status. Agraharkar further argued that deportation of patients is merely a discharge of the prohibition of patient dumping as well as unavailability of health resources. Blalock and Wolfe (2001) found the reason for the increase in patient dumping is related to the underfunded health care system. Only after the law requiring all hospitals to provide medical assistant that the incidence became greater. Additionally, hospitals who provide care to uninsured patients are not often reimbursed for their service. Thus, this trend of patient dumping greatly affects low-income/SES citizens. (2016) report a link between SES and health is due to inequalities in resources. (2016) detailed the fundamental cause theory to be the overall underlying cause of many health inequalities, such as patient dumping. This theory seeks to demonstrate the association between SES and health inequalities (patient dumping) over time to a lack of range of resources to guard and/or improve

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