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Originally posted by Maxmars
Hospitals are supposed to treat you. If you leave before that treatment, but after you've "checked in" with the triage unit there is a 'quasi' liability issue.
Amazingly, the police (tax-payer dollars at work) actually track down those who left as a fail-safe for the hospital... trust me... it's not that they "care".
But if you flag down an officer and beg him to take you to the hospital for whatever reason -- forget it. It ain't happening. You will wait for the ambulance pain and suffering notwithstanding... unless death is imminent.
Odd little practice there... considering how long it takes them to come if there are a bunch of hooligans disturbing the peace in from of your home.
Originally posted by brilab45
reply to post by anon72
They did try calling. About four times. The phone is on low and my bedroom and the den (where the phone is) are pretty far away. Plus I took sleeping medication due to the pain of the infection. Didn't hear a thing.
Originally posted by westcoast
This is an interesting point of view. Honestly, I am disapointed to see this coming from a moderator.
Hospitals very rarely call the police. At least, in the United States. We have something called the HIPPA law (privacy) and there are some very restrictive guidelines for what we can call for. In the OP's case, they were obviously concerned enough with your welfare, that they thought they needed to check on you. Also, being a VA hostpital, they might (I don't know for sure) have some different guidelines on what they can tell authorities. It is called a Welfare check.
Why would you say that they don't care? I know a lot of cops and guess what? They are out there doing that job for the very reason that they DO care.
As for them refusing to take someone to the hospital: Why in the world would they take someone to the hospital? So let's say someone flags them down and say they have chest pain. You expect them to throw them into the back of their patrol car and run lights and sirens to the nearest hospital? What if they have a heart attack on the way? They are not medical professionals. They would do what any responsible adult would do: call an ambulance.
Again, to the OP: It was nothing but a welfare check. If you are concerned about the hospital sharing your private medical info with the authorities, call the admin and ask them why they called and what was said. There are rules on what they can and can not do.
To the Mod: I wish you would chose your words a little more carefully. You set an example here for everyone else.
[edit on 12-4-2010 by westcoast]
...Why in the world would they take someone to the hospital? So let's say someone flags them down and say they have chest pain. You expect them to throw them into the back of their patrol car and run lights and sirens to the nearest hospital? What if they have a heart attack on the way?...