We have a philosopher friend who was quite ill and required surgery,
but she was not ill enough to be admitted to hospital under the
“life, limb, and organ preservation” guidelines that control
surgical admissions. Her surgeon told her to go to emergency and gave her
a list of symptoms to tell the physicians there. Those, he said, would get
her a bed, and he would then come and perform the necessary surgery. And
that is how our friend (who, ironically, taught ethics out of a textbook
called Virtue and Vice in Everyday Life) got her surgery.