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Against Medical Advice

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

Discharge against medical advice means that you choose to leave the hospital before your healthcare provider recommends that you do. Your healthcare provider may still need to diagnose or treat your condition or your treatment may not be complete.



Risks of leaving the hospital before your healthcare providers recommend include the following:

  • Your condition may cause other health problems if not treated properly.
  • You may need to be admitted to the hospital again for the same condition.
  • Your condition could become life-threatening.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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