While something certainly needs to be done to stop people from seeking emergency treatment for toothaches or prescription refills, I'm curious to see how this policy will play out under EMTALA. It's thanks in part to the unfunded federal mandate that we have so many people seeking free ER care in the first place, but because of EMTALA we can't turn them away. Will patients be asked about their ability to pay after receiving the medical screening exam? How long will it take for a lawyer to strike after a patient triaged as non-emergent crashes on their way to the clinic down the street? It won't take long to find out.