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Emergency Physicians Integrated Care v. Salt Lake County
Utah Supreme Court
167 P.3d 1080 (2007)
Federal law required physicians to provide emergency medical care regardless of a patient’s ability to pay for the care. Emergency Physicians Integrated Care (EPIC) (plaintiff) therefore provided medical services to Salt Lake County (defendant) jail inmates. The county refused to compensate EPIC for these services. EPIC sued the county for reimbursement, to which EPIC believed it was entitled under the doctrine of quantum meruit. The trial court rejected EPIC’s argument, reasoning that the county was not the primary beneficiary of EPIC’s services. EPIC appealed to the Utah Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Parrish, J.)
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