There are a handful of other issues that you may encounter specifc to elective surgery, escalating disputes to higher authorities, and unique situations with physicians as opposed to facilities.
Elective vs. non-elective care
You may get pushback on the fnancial aid front if your treatment was considered an “elective” service. Elective is a way of saying that you could have planned ahead to have the treatment done or that it was not done in an emergency situation. Conversely, non-elective means that you did not “elect” to have the treatment done because it was done in an emergency situation. A federal statute called EMTALA dictates that healthcare providers have to provide non-elective, emergency services, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. However, they can still legally refuse to perform elective procedures if there is evidence that payment will not occur.
I walk somewhat of a fne line here, because I am personally in the business of elective, outpatient surgery. This is a gray area anyway, so I’m going to do a bit of a philosophical analysis for you and then present my personal opinion.
I’m going to use the most common types of elective procedures as examples: cataract surgery, colonoscopies, and orthopedic joint arthroscopies.