Health care providers are legally obligated in every state not to abandon a patient, even if they don’t like the patient or don’t agree with the patient’s treatment choices. Doctors and hospitals must continue treatment of a patient until the care can be transferred safely to a new doctor.
Abandonment can happen even if the doctor makes no deliberate choice to drop the patient. If the doctor goes on vacation or takes a break or goes “off line” without having a backup replacement lined up, that can amount to legal abandonment. And if the patient is hurt or injured during the time the doctor is absent or unavailable, the patient may have a viable medical malpractice claim.
Patient safety tip to Prevent Abandonment
If you’re planning elective surgery, MAKE SURE the surgeon is not leaving on vacation immediately after your case. You want someone who saw your insides and knows your case to be around for the crucial two or three days of post-operative care.
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