Here's a nice article
from the New York Times
on the recent announcement by Northridge Hospital Medical Center
that they will be closing by December 31.
This follows a recent announcement of the closure of the emergency room at Elastar Community Hospital in East Los Angeles.
Four other emergency rooms have closed in the county in the last two years. The reason given is the high cost of treating uninsured people.
The article also states that 70 hospital emergency rooms and trauma centers have closed in California since 1990.
"We're mandated to treat anyone who comes in through those doors, regardless of their ability to pay," Tracey Veal, a spokeswoman for the Northridge hospital, said.
Ms. Veal estimated that the hospital had spent $13 million on so-called charity care in the fiscal year that ended on June 30.
While the New York Times
does not exactly specify illegal aliens as the cause, it is quite obvious by these numbers.
"This is definitely cause for alarm," Carol Meyer, director of the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency, said on Friday in an interview.
Ms. Meyer said 30 percent of the nine million people in the county were underinsured or had no medical insurance at all. Statewide, seven million people are uninsured, according to the California Medical Association.
So, lets break these numbers down. 30% of 9 million is about 3.3 million people or nearly half of the 7 million in California that are uninsured, That's just in their county
While everyones health insurance goes up to cover the uninsured, we get poorer and poorer service. If you pay your insurance on time for coverage for you or your family and there is an emergency you may just end up having to drive an extra 10-15 miles to get to an emergency room. Upon arriving you may be in line behind someone who doesn't pay, but expects the same services you receive.
Something has to be done of course. Illegal aliens receiving this free service should be number one on the list. Preventing illegals from being here in the first place is a law after all. Hospitals should be able to note whether someone is here illegally. The only way to tackle the issues is with full disclosure and good input data. If you don't know the breakdown of why someone is uninsured how can you fix the problem?
The county estimates the cost of providing them with health care is $340 million annually.
Here's a first hand account of the free ride illegals are receiving from Right Side of the Rainbow
The impending collapse of emergency health care
Earlier this year, I had a patient -- an illegal alien from Mexico -- who came to my institution after his discharge from an acute care hospital for treatment of a traumatic injury. Before that, he'd been in the custody of the Texas prison system, following his conviction for a violent offense.
I and my fellow Texans picked up the tab for his incarceration. But the cost of his acute care and subsequent rehabilitation was left uncompensated. I don't know the tally of his bill at the other institution; but at my facility, the average cost of care is $1800 a day. He was with us for 27 days.
Thanks to the diligent Michelle Malkin
I was born here in the SFV in the 1950s. I contributed to the system and paid my taxes while employed continually for 30 years or so.
I had some setbacks and was advised, much to my embarassment, to apply for medical care and food stamps. I am not qualified for Medical as a comment to the above article suggests I am. I'm not old enough, have no kids, and not disabled ( I was for three years after my unemployment but still was not qualified. )
Somehow, many people who may be illegal, i don't honestly know this as fact or fiction based upon the evidence that they don't speak English, easily are approved due to the children qualification. The system rewards those who have kids here despite the fact that they choose to do so knowing that they cannot provide good upbringing to the kids if they choose to have families. Those who are part of the working fabric that earns a living wage and are above the poverty level have no children or only one.
I don't believe a system that gives such rewards and then goes bankrupt on itself is a viable system. I hate to point a finger on the illegals, but now that I'm on the poor farm myself, I see who gets the benefits and who ends up picking up the tab.
Sad. I can make more money from GR than working minimum wage for 2 weeks a month. What kind of incentive is that? I just refused a job because I need those two weeks to find a living wage position. No one cares about my UCLA diploma when applying for Medi-Cal. It's something to hide instead of being proud of.
Moving to Canada is a dream like the El Norte dream. If illegals are filling the hospitals in my home, then I need to find another place where they havent gotten to yet, Enough, wish I could afford Pepto Bismol. If i had Medi-Cal i would!
Posted by: thoughtscribe on August 22, 2005 11:55 AM