According to Emory’s web site, if you pay a $24.99 fee, you can reserve an “appointment” in the emergency department up to 12 hours in advance. You still have to pay for all of your care, but the $25 fee gets you on the “preferred” list. If you aren’t seen within 15 minutes of your appointment time by a physician or a physician’s assistant, you won’t pay for your services.
To “Hold My Place In Line“, all you have to do is enter your symptoms, your name, an e-mail address, and your payment information.
EMTALA requires that emergency departments provide a screening exam and that the screening examination be performed in a nondiscriminatory manner.
If Emory Adventist Hospital is cherry picking patients who have computers with internet connections, who have credit cards, and who can pay a $25 fee to get “In QuickEr”, wouldn’t that be considered just a lit-tle “discriminatory”?
Be interesting to see whether CMS jumps in if a patient who couldn’t afford the $25 copay had to sit longer at the back of the line and experienced a bad outcome.
If we are going to enforce this overbearing law, we have to do so uniformly.