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Can a hospital refuse your request to transfer to another when there is no life treatenin situation?

Question by JudithG: Can a hospital refuse your request to transfer to another when there is no life treatenin situation?
If you receive poor treatment at a hospital and request to be transferred to another in a non emergency situation, can they refuse to allow you to transfer? I actually requested to be transferred to the main hospital in the group or a competing hospital both less than 5 miles away and the refused.

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Answer by J Arksnay, MD
The hospital can’t refuse to transfer you if you’re stable enough to be transferred. However, another hospital doesn’t have to accept you and your insurance doesn’t have to pay for it.

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