When hospitals dump patients who have nowhere to go

The Sacramento Bee wrote a story highlighting one man’s story of being discharged from the hospital to a homeless shelter that could not take him.  Unfortunately this is not an uncommon problem in California and across the country.  Sometimes patients are dropped off dressed only in hospital gowns and without the wheelchairs or medicines they need.

If you are in this situation and need help, please call the Health Consumer Alliance toll free hotline and speak to an advocate who can educate you on your fights at 888‑804‑3536.


California’s Health and Safety Code requires hospitals to have a discharge policy for all patients, including those who are homeless. Hospitals must make prior arrangements for patients, either with family, at a care home, or at another appropriate agency, the code says.

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