Emergency Medical Care
Q&A Radio: 12 May 2013, Question 3
I answered a question on emergency medical care on 12 May 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
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.
- Duration: 22:21
- Download: MP3 Segment (7.7 MB)
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- 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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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.
From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.
My first book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, can be purchased in paperback and Kindle. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck." My second book (and online course), Explore Atlas Shrugged, is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to study Ayn Rand's epic novel in depth.
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