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Texas: Health care facilities, abortion providers, must stop all unnecessary procedures

Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 25, 2020
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warned all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities, including abortion providers, that they must postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary.
Ken Paxton
Texas   Attorney General Ken Paxton
On Saturday, Gov. Abbott issued the Executive Order GA 09 that “all licensed health care professionals and all licensed health care facilities shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.”

Topics: Texas health

This prohibition applies throughout the State and to all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary, including routine dermatological, ophthalmological, and dental procedures, as well as most scheduled healthcare procedures that are not immediately medically necessary such as orthopedic surgeries or any type of abortion that is not medically necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother.

The coronavirus pandemic has increased demands for hospital beds and has created a shortage of personal protective equipment needed to protect health care professionals and stop transmission of the virus.

Postponing surgeries and procedures that are not immediately medically necessary will ensure that hospital beds are available for those suffering from COVID-19 and that PPEs are available for health care professionals.

Failure to comply with an executive order issued by the governor related to the COVID-19 disaster can result in penalties of up to $1,000 or 180 days of jail time.


 

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