Do people have a right to emergency medical care?
On Sunday's Philosophy in Action Radio, I answered a question on emergency medical care. The question was:
Do people have a right to emergency medical care? EMTALA (a.k.a. the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act) is a federal law that requires emergency rooms to stabilize any patient with an emergency medical condition, regardless of the patient's ability to pay. Is that proper? Is that the same as a right to medical care?My Answer, In Brief: EMTALA violates the rights of doctors, based on the false premise of a "right" to health care. In practice, it's a disaster for doctors, hospitals, and the working poor. Ultimately, only scammers and advocates of government-controlled medicine benefit by it. Download or Listen to My Full Answer:
- Duration: 22:21
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Tags: Altruism, Charity, Egalitarianism, Emergencies, Ethics, Free Society, Justice, Law, Law, Medicine, Politics, Poverty
- FAQ on EMTALA
- Cato Institute: Medicare's Origin: The Economics and Politics of Dependency by Charlotte Twight
- American College of Emergency Physicians: On EMTALA and The Uninsured
- Health Care Is Not a Right by Leonard Peikoff
- The Objective Standard: Moral Health Care vs. "Universal Health Care" by Lin Zinser and Paul Hsieh
- The Objective Standard: Health Care and the Separation of Charity and State by Paul Hsieh
- Freedom and Individual Rights in Medicine (FIRM), particularly its articles
- The History of Health Care Costs and Health Insurance by Linda Gorman
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A podcast of the full episode – where I answered questions on taxes versus slavery, infanticide after abortion, emergency medical care, and more – is available here: Episode of 12 May 2013.
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