US hospitals send hundreds of immigrant patients back to home countries to curb cost of care

  • Article by: DAVID PITT , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 4:30 PM
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chuckoffApr. 23, 13 4:45 PM

This makes total sense to have them shipped back to their home countries. An end run around the Federal Beauracracy is a good thing because these actions are already saving Americans $$Billions in healthcare expenses. Why should we get stuck with the bill when they are in the contry illegally?

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minn12Apr. 23, 13 5:07 PM

The headline and story are incorrect. It should read 'illegal immigrant patients'. Seems as if it's perfectly legal for the hospitals to do this. Should hospitals go bankrupt and U.S. taxpayers have to pay these massive expenses? Doesn't make any sense.

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stephanie66Apr. 23, 13 5:44 PM

If they were hit by a semi-truck, why isn't the truck's insurance paying? Or their car insurance? And if they had health insurance, why did it suddenly stop paying? That makes no sense. The REAL villain here is the company that hires illegals and then allows them to be tossed to the street. I understand no Americans will take the jobs and people want cheap pork, but still...make the employer pay the medical bills. If they didn't hire them, they wouldn't be here.

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remark1976Apr. 23, 13 5:59 PM

Stephanie, Insurance paid more than $100,000 for the two men's emergency treatment. But it was unclear whether the policies would pay for long-term rehabilitation.

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jpcooperApr. 23, 13 6:11 PM

So private insurers paid for his critical care while illegally in America and he was sent back to his home country when he was stable. Its a non story! What would happen if an American was traveling in Italy and had an accident? He would be treated in an Italian hospital until stable then released to go home to finish treatment!

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bgronniApr. 23, 13 6:43 PM

have the taxpayers pick up the bill. like always

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tvzzApr. 23, 13 6:45 PM

hospitals deport more criminals than ice.

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lalahemApr. 23, 13 7:20 PM

Do you not understand? They can do it to them. How long before they can do it to you? It's always justified when it happens to somebody else, isn't it.

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davehougApr. 23, 13 7:20 PM

The obligation is to care for anyone with or without means to pay, with or without documents until stable. The tragic difference between stable (able to me moved) and 'everything has can be done, that can be done'. I wouldn't expect any other country to care for me thru long recovery while vacationing when I am stable enough to be sent home.

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pinky1933Apr. 23, 13 8:35 PM

if the accident occurred in Mexico, they would probably be dead, or in much worse shape. they should be grateful to be alive. and while i rarely side with the "medical industrial complex' and their ruinous fees/costs, deporting them was the fair/correct thing to do. i also don't believe this line of rubbish: "They wanted to disconnect me so I could die. They said I couldn't survive, that I wouldn't live." lies.

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