Under the federal EMTALA statutes, the hospital can't boot you out, or"dump" you , if you are not stable. They have a duty to stabilize you. You need to follow-up with a physician for the biopsy asap. Do not delay. It is difficult to know from your facts whether you were in fact, stable. I would contact a FL malpractice attorney in your area to discuss. I am sorry you are having issues, and hope the biopsy is negative, but please try to take care of at your earliest opportunity.
You should also have been given discharge instructions upon discharge. What did they tell you that you should do in follow up? What were you told was the reason for your chest pain? What were your cardiac enzymes? The hospital is not obligated to provide you with primary medical care that you can receive as an outpatient. You have not explained what your current condition is or how you have been harmed by the discharge. It is not necessarily inappriopriate to discharge you, although you should have been given an understanding of your condition and what the next steps should be.
As long as you are stable, they can discharge you legally.
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An ER is only required to treat patients when they are in an emergently unstable condition. Examples: having a baby, suffering a stroke, having a heart attack, etc. Doing a lump biopsy is an elective, outpatient-type procedure. You were stable, medically speaking. So no law demands that the ER treat you for free.
If all Americans had coverage through private insurance or gov't insurance, this type of terrible experience wouldn't have to happen. It doesn't happen in Europe or most other countries. Even Mexico. But here in the US, lack of private insurance can be deadly. Hopefully the new Obama-backed healthcare can kick in soon for everyone.
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