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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Student Topics

Question: a good question

elias - Mon Feb 14, 2005 4:29 am

say a homeless person gets treated at a hospital through urgent care. This person has no "identity". How will the hospital go about billing this person? I was watching ER and a homeless person got treated. Got me thinking~
Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Feb 15, 2005 2:36 pm

Hi elias,
In a large number of hospitals there are programs or charities that if a person is under a certain income guidelines etc. they are treated and the bill for that treatment is "written off" or disolved. It would be my impression that someone in the situation whom is homeless would certainly receive treatment without cost.
elias - Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:53 am

that does make sense 8)

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