The increasing toll of motor vehicle accidents continues to place an unwarranted burden on hospitals. As previously mentioned in these columns,1 hospitals receive compensation for only a small portion of the expense they incur in caring for patients who have been injured in accidents from this cause. These are not patients of the hospitals' choosing. If an injured person is brought to a hospital, the institution has no alternative but to accept him, regardless of how great an expense may be incurred in treating him or of how unlikely it may be that the patient or any other person will pay the costs of the required service. With the considerable losses of income from private patients and from endowment investments which most hospitals have suffered in the last few years, this burden of serving without adequate remuneration the casuals of motor transportation has been the more keenly felt.
OHIO AGAIN ACTS TO AID ITS HOSPITALS. JAMA. 1933;101(20):1565–1566. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740450039014
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