Is emergency services considered moral obligation

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Is emergency services considered moral obligation

Postby bbwinston » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:56 am

Is emergency services considered moral obligation?

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Re: Is emergency services considered moral obligation

Postby cinephile » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:22 am

I thought a moral obligation was that a father should repay his son's medical care if the son passes away. Is that what you mean by emergency services, or that medical professionals are obligated to provide service?

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Re: Is emergency services considered moral obligation

Postby bbwinston » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:48 am

cinephile wrote:I thought a moral obligation was that a father should repay his son's medical care if the son passes away. Is that what you mean by emergency services, or that medical professionals are obligated to provide service?


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Rowe was admitted to the hospital suffering from a critical illness. He was given emergency treatment and later underwent surgery. In at least four occasions, Rowe’s two sons discussed with the hospital the payment for served to be rendered by the hospital. The first of these four conversations took place the day after Rowe was admitted. The sons informed the treating physician that their father had no financial means but that they themselves would pay for such services. During the other conversations, the sons authorized whatever treatment their father needed, assuring the hospital that they would pay for the services. After Rowe’s discharge, Dr. Peterson brought this action against the sons to recover the unpaid bill for the services rendered to their father. Decision?

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Re: Is emergency services considered moral obligation

Postby Extension_Cord » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:49 am

bbwinston wrote:Is emergency services considered moral obligation?


Sure. Unless in torts you caused the emergency, then you owe a duty of rescue; or in contracts if the rescuer is a doctor because they are presumed to act with the purpose of receiving payment.

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Re: Is emergency services considered moral obligation

Postby bbwinston » Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:38 am

cinephile wrote:I thought a moral obligation was that a father should repay his son's medical care if the son passes away. Is that what you mean by emergency services, or that medical professionals are obligated to provide service?

The father is not liable for the son's debts after he came of age

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Re: Is emergency services considered moral obligation

Postby cinephile » Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:47 am

^ Well not legally obligated, but morally - which doesn't really count for anything.

OP's case sounds like one of reliance/restitution.

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Re: Is emergency services considered moral obligation

Postby BeaverHunter » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:09 am

OP-

Do you have any of your own thoughts on these many questions you pose? Quit either A) cheating on a take home or B) wasting everyone's time.

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Re: Is emergency services considered moral obligation

Postby lawnerd1 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:56 pm

BeaverHunter wrote:OP-

Do you have any of your own thoughts on these many questions you pose? Quit either A) cheating on a take home or B) wasting everyone's time.

This.

But what you posted a few posts ago sounds like promissory estoppel. The doctor relied on the promise of the sons in performing the work to his detriment (time that he could be working for someone else that will pay). The sons knew that he would. But the fact pattern distinguishes a Dr. Peterson and the hospital, but you can figure that out.

An issue arises, however, because the statute of frauds requires the promise to pay the debt of another to be in writing. So keep this in mind.




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