Home health agency can refuse treatment
If this didn't happen to my daughter, I wouldn't have believed it possible. She has a bad case of pneumonia and was discharged from the hospital yesterday with a home health agency set up to come in and administer IV antibiotics for her. I got a call from them this morning that they decided not to take her on as a patient. The reason they gave was that she was non-compliant. This, I'm assuming, comes from the fact that she had left the local rural and not highly regarded hospital against medical advice. We only complained about the doctor who did not do his best to treat her. The hospital refused to transfer her, so I drove the hour to the next hospital where she was given much better care. She saw specialists who did procedures and took a biopsy and explained to her that there is an abscess that might require major surgery should the antibiotics not work. BTW, she has a digestive disorder where she cannot take antibiotics by mouth and she is also a very brittle diabetic. After scrambling, we found someone an hour away who we must travel to since they refuse to come to our house.
Apparently, home health agencies and nursing homes are privately owned, thus they can refuse treatment to anyone with no explanation.
Also, if something is in your records that you do not agree with, you do not even have the right to add an explanation to give your side of the story of your care.
Is this the best America can do for patients in need?