When someone shows up at the Hennepin County Medical Center's bustling emergency room, it doesn't matter whether the cause is a ruptured appendix, a broken arm, or a gunshot wound. By law and by physicians' longstanding interpretation of their oath, everyone is entitled to emergency medical care. At least in theory, questions about payment can wait until later. If it turns out the patient has no insurance, John and Jane Q. Public have long been expected to shoulder a hefty chunk of the unpaid bills. Hospitals and... More >>>