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Old November 25 2012, 06:33 PM   #1
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Do the Homeless Get Free Medical Treatment at American Hospitals?

Iíve been under the impression (perhaps just from TV), that homeless people in America can go to the hospital and receive medical treatment for free. They sometimes donít give their name or use something like ďJohn DoeĒ or ďJane Doe.Ē Is that paid by Medicare or Medicaid (I canít remember the difference between the two)?

If homeless people can get treatment for free, what is to stop someone that isnít homeless from getting free treatment at the hospital? What if you show up with an emergency, but refuse to give your name or a fake name? I know from experience, that when you show up to the hospital you have to give your name and insurance info (I had my appendix taken out in college). But, if you had a real emergency that had to be treated right away like a heart attack, etc., could you get away with free treatment? If you didnít have any ID on me, does that mean you can get away with saying you are homeless and not have to pay?
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