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No, there is not a statute that dictates time frames for these things. State and federal legislators are not doctors and they move too slowly to keep up with the advances of medicine.
Instead, law uses the concept of "malpractice" to call into question the medical practices of those in the medical profession. Every possible case of malpractice isn't controlled by statutes though. Instead, we use concepts from "common law" which simply means that cases in court determine what is or is not malpractice. For you to be able to show that the 24 hour time frame was malpractice, you'd have to have some medical testimony from other professionals in the field who will state that this wait was a departure from the standard of care expected by other members of that field of practice.
You can certainly make that allegation yourself, without a medical expert opinion to that effect, and it is possible that the hospital will reduce the bill as a means of avoiding you filing a complaint against them. Of course, if they feel that 24 hours is within the "standard of care" they may not be willing to alter the bill and then you'd only have a claim here if you had medical experts that could testify that it was a deviation from the standard of care.
So, as you can see, it's rather complicated and there simply is not a statute that dictates the timing of every medical procedure.
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