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Virginia Hospitals Now Able to Withdraw and Deny Care at Will or Whim

Yolanda Bell
Manassas, VA, United States

Apr 30, 2018 — (The picture is an X-ray of Anastasia's hip/femur that was broken by Dulles Health and Rehab Center in Herndon, VA)

Last month the Virginia General Assembly (sponsored by heealthcare pawn Delegate Stolle) passed a bill and Govenor Northam signed into law legislation that now allows Virginia hospitals (Inova) to withdraw and deny care their doctors deem unethical or inappropriate (i.e not profitable for hospital). The law gives a family that disagrees with a hospital treatment decision 14 days to find another doctor at another hospital to agree to take their family member or the hospital may withdraw all care including life saving care already being provided. In other words they can removed oxygen, ventilators, tubefeedings, fluids, etc and let you die, or more accurately put kill you. This law becomes effective on July 1, 2018. Strangely or not so strangely this is one of the only laws passed in this session that has Not been boasted about or published.

Medicare and Medicaid patients and anyone without platinum health insurance needs to be very wary of dealing with hospitals in Virginia now because if my sisters story shows anything it is Inova hospitals have absolutely no qualms about putting out or killing off patients they do not value and deem unprofitable. In fact I believe it is the outing of Inova and what they did to my sister that brought about this bill.

Lastly Medicare patients have certain federally protected rights when it comes to this type of situation which this law appears to go against (and is why Inova ran to have their buddies in fairfax circuit court hand over my sister before the Medicare decision was rendered). Federal law trumps state law.


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