Elderly Black Man Released from Hospital Found on Sidewalk After Medicare Stopped Paying for Care

A unidentified Black man was found on a sidewalk in Conyers, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, with medical tubes attached after being released from a hospital nearby after Medicare wouldn’t continue paying for his treatment according to Atlanta Black Star.  The 68-year-old man was found collapsed near the Piedmont Rockdale Hospital on Oct. 14. According to a 911 caller, the elderly man appeared unresponsive and in need of assistance.

“Poor guy. But he probably needs an ambulance and not…” the 911 caller said WSB-TV reported. “It’s right in front of the Piedmont Rockdale Emergency entrance.”

Conyers Police Deputy Chief Scott Freeman told the news station, according to a hospital employee, the man was in the hospital  for 35 days for unidentified treatment and was cleared as “fit to leave” by two doctors once the hospital was notified that Medicare wouldn’t continue paying for his care. The man was dressed by security, and escorted off the premises.

Once emergency responders arrived to treat the man after the 911 call, he was said to have “sepsis, a high heart rate, fever, a urinary tract infection, and a possible bladder infection.”

“Common sense dictates that you do not treat human beings the way that we’re seeing in this particular case,” Freeman said, who plans on filing a report on the incident with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

“This man is laying out on the sidewalk unresponsive, and this is how they brought him out,” he said. “They escorted him off the property and just left him on the sidewalk. This is inhumane; this is not who we are as a city, as a county, or even as a country. Or at least it shouldn’t be.”

Piedmont Healthcare addressed the incident, insinuating that the patient didn’t want continued services,  while they “do their best to connect patients in need” with “appropriate after-hospital care,” whether or not the services are accepted is “at the discretion of the patient.”

“At Piedmont, our purpose is to make a positive difference in every life we touch. We can only provide the best care with the cooperation and consent of the patient. We do our best to connect patients in need with community partners and social service organizations to provide appropriate after-hospital care, but ultimately accepting these services is at the discretion of the patient.”

At this time there hasn’t been no further update on the patient’s condition but he was taken back to the emergency room the same day he was released.

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