ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 24, 1987
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(Studio: Richard Threlkeld) Report introduced.
(Castro Valley, California: Ron Claiborne) Growing trend of private hospitals not treating uninsured or under-insured emergency patients, transferring them to municipal facilities in strategy known as "patient dumping," examined; details given, scenes shown. [Sandra BERGSMA - describes hospital's failure to treat husband's emergency needs.] Bergsma's husband reported dying after transfer. Will Trumbull's death after Hayward Hospital's failure to treat him on emergency basis described. [Trumbull family spokesperson Dr. Lonny SHAVELSON - accuses hospital of discharging Trumbull due to lack of insurance] [Methodist private hosp. vice president Maurice ELLIOT - denies at-risk patients are transferred.] [Dr. Charles KELLERMAN - cites percentage of transferred patients endangered by private hospital's inappropriate transfer.] [Coalition to Stop Patient Dumping spokesperson Lois SALISBURY - cites portion of population with no or inadequate health insurance at risk from patient dumping.] [ELLIOT - defs. patient dumping.] [Dr. Floyd HUEN - notes Hippocratic oath doesn't apply only to the insured.] Recommendations considered. [BERGSMA - feels hospitals are losing lives more than money.]