Emergency Services Law and Legal Definition

The term emergency services refers to the health care services that are rendered by affiliated or non affiliated providers after the sudden onset of a medical condition that demonstrates in itself sufficient severity by symptoms such as severe pain. It refers to those services that a reasonably prudent man who possesses an average knowledge of health and medicine would consider as necessary and urgent because the absence of immediate medical attention could reasonably result in serious jeopardy to the mental or physical health of the individual, or danger of serious impairment of the individual's bodily functions, or serious dysfunction of any of the individual's bodily organs, or in the case of a pregnant woman serious jeopardy to the health of the fetus. Emergency services shall bring within its preview health care services provided by a non affiliated providers, if any delay in receiving care from a provider affiliated with the health maintenance organization would result in worsening the condition of an enrollee.