I have been having rectal bleeding for about a month. I do not have any insurance and i do not have a primary doctor. I went to the emergency room because they have to see you no matter what. They did not find the cause but he referred me to see the G.I doctor so i called and basically told me that they wont see me because i wasnt referred by a primary. i told her i do not have one but was referred by an e.r doctor she bascially told me i was screwed that the answer was still no. That im jus going to get worse because i do no have any insurance.
Unfortunately, only the ER has to treat you if its an emergency. Perhaps you can find a free medical clinic or you can find a physician who can put you on a weekly or monthly payment plan.
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The historical rule is that a physician has no duty to accept a patient, regardless of the severity of the illness, since the doctor-patient relationship was always understood to be a voluntary one. Once the relationship was established, however, the physician was under a legal obligation to provide medical treatment.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act known as EMTALA (Section 1867 (a) of the Social Security Act) and sometimes referred to as the "Patient Anti-Dumping Act" was passed to ensure that acutely ill patients who are uninsured or underinsured receive appropriate emergency care and to prevent hospitals from refusing to treat those who lack financial resources or medical insurance.
But as other counsel noted, once the "emergency" aspect of your treatment is addressed, a regular physician can decline to treat you.
Options: (1) check for free clinics; (2) see if you qualify for Medicare or Medi-Cal. see
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