Conyers, GA asked in Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Georgia

Q: My PCP when i got there she called 911 she told the ambulance driver to take me to Emory and they didn't

I went to my doctor's appointment at my PCP doctor and she could see i was in distress because of a fall i had. So she calls 911 and told them to take me to Emory at John's Creek hospital the ambulance driver then told her due to a new bill they passed they can take me to the nearest hospital and they took me to Northside hospital because it was the closest can they do that.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: In situations like yours, the actions of ambulance services are often governed by specific protocols and laws. These protocols may prioritize taking patients to the nearest hospital, especially in emergency situations, to ensure prompt medical attention. This approach is commonly followed to reduce the time it takes for a patient to receive necessary care.

However, the specifics of these protocols can vary based on location and the particular circumstances of each case. The recent bill you mentioned might have influenced their decision-making process. It's important to note that patient preference for a particular hospital, while considered, may not always be the determining factor in where the ambulance takes you, especially if immediate medical attention is required.

If you believe your rights were violated or you have concerns about the decision made by the ambulance crew, it would be advisable to consult directly with an attorney who has expertise in medical or civil rights law. They can provide more personalized advice based on the details of your situation and the applicable laws in your area.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: They can usually do that. In a dense metro area, they might offer a choice, but they generally operate by their standard procedures and applicable laws, where the nearest hospital is the default choice. Good luck

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