When a Patient Leaves Against Medical Advice

November 2012
AAOS Now;Nov2012, Vol. 6 Issue 11, p35
The article discusses the legal consequences after patients leave against medical advice (AMA) from a hospital. It is stated that if a patient leaves AMA after a dispute with the physician, courts may view the physician as liable for premature discharge; and the plaintiff is often successful when physicians and hospitals are sued after AMA discharges. After discussing several court cases related to AMA discharges, the article suggests that hospitals should try to avoid an AMA decision.


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