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Arizona Republic:

WASHINGTON - Starting today, hospitals and doctors in Arizona and other states can charge the federal government for the costs of providing emergency care to undocumented immigrants.

Arizona hospitals could receive up to $45 million a year for the next four years, according to guidelines released Monday by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

So, in a nutshell, the costs of treating citizens of foreign countries will be distributed to the taxpayers of all 50 states. All an illegal has to do is cross the border to get medical care and it's paid for by picking the pockets of every American taxpayer.

Simply put, I think this move will be a disaster. First, forget about any estimates cited in various reports and get ready for a massive increase in costs. History has proven as much. Once the government starts funding something, it grows exponentially and never goes away.

Secondly, the United States government rarely (almost never) gives money without strings attached. Consequently, any emergency room that takes one dollar of U.S. taxpayer funds is looking at a long term relationship with the regulatory whims and caprice of the federal government.

Thirdly, a precedent has been established for the federal government to wedge its nose into the operations of any medical facility that provides emergency services.

Fourthly, if the federal government pays for the medical care, is it not, in a sense, the de facto medical insurance agency of the illegal alien? As an insurer for patient medical care, is this not the stated goal of Hillary Clinton's socialized medical scheme?

In summary, having the feds pay for illegals is bad cheese.

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Hopefully, this will lead to people who really need it to get better quality emergency medical attention.

Posted by: Ralph on May 11, 2005 08:10 AM

More and more hospitals are being forced to close their ERs due to increasing costs incurred due to misuse of services. Many individuals including illegal aliens to a greater degree are using ERs instead of going to Dr's offices for non emergent medical services. These individuals know that ERs cannot turn patients away when they present themselves to the emergency department in a medical facility.

Posted by: PH on May 12, 2005 06:52 PM

I need help...We have a 19 year old Severely Mentally Retarded student who is illegal. He is in pain and we cannot find anyone to help him going to the dentist. He was on medical until he turned 18. We are trying to raise money. But he needs medication for his disability. Anyone who can help please send me a message

Posted by: Janet on May 15, 2005 09:10 AM

He needs to head directly to the Mexican Consulate who will put him in touch with the closest medical facility in Mexico.

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