I was listening to a talk how about a woman who needs a stomach transplant and her insurance company is balking at paying for it. This seems to happen a lot these days because I’ve heard of it before, especially with the still rising costs of medical care.
That generated a question.
Why is it murder to kill someone deliberately but not murder to deliberately withhold medical treatment which would save a life?
Even if you accidentally kill someone, there can be repercussions. If you kill someone on a spur of the moment urge, it is manslaughter.
But, if you or your company withhold vital medical treatments which will save a life, simply because the person cannot pay, it is just fine.
I would think it would still be murder or manslaughter because, through someone’s actions, another person died.
I’ve read where some places have a good samaritan law, where if you see a crime being committed where a person is in risk of harm or is in distress and you do not help when you could, you can be prosicuted.
When it comes to needed medical care, nothing applies to help the patient. Insurance companies, hospitals and doctors can and have refused services and help with impunity. There’s stories going around about people being brought to one hospital in an emergency and, being uninsured, being sent to another one much further away. I think one person went to three hopitals before being admitted and by then his condition had grown so bad that he died
One story told of a woman with breast cancer who was turned down from hopital after hospital because she had no money and trying to find her some help took so long that she died after months of laying at home in severe pain. Everyone involved in the case denied responsibility.
Why is this not considered not manslaughter or murder? The medical help was there but denied this person.