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Monday, June 26, 2006

Dallas County Wants Refunds for Mexicans' Health Care

From (June 25, 2006).

Commissioners in Dallas County, Texas, plan to ask the Mexican government to pay for the medical care given to Mexican nationals at a local hospital.
Each year, Dallas County taxpayers spend $15 million to treat Mexican nationals at Parkland Hospital - and that total includes only the first two days of the patients' emergency care, according to CBS 11 News in Dallas.
"We will be sending a bill to Mexico's president to explain to him and to the embassy how much money it is costing the Dallas County taxpayer to treat their residents, and they need to reimburse Dallas County," said County Judge Margaret Keliher.
Jesse Diaz, local president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, complained: "Why punish Mexico? Mexico should not be a scapegoat ... the immigrants are paying taxes, buying homes and cars, and are contributing to the economy."
Dallas County will also send bills to nearby Texas counties whose residents seek care at Parkland - running up a tab of nearly $27 million a year, according to Keliher.
Dallas can't force those other counties to pay up. But Parkland's board chair Dr. Lauren McDonald said if outsiders don't pay their fair share of emergency and trauma care, it will have a devastating effect on the hospital and those who rely on it.

Still want to know why that Aspirin costs so much or why health insurance costs so much?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's actually not a bad idea. However, the Mexican nationals are not the sole reason for ridiculous prices in health care. Once again, you paint with a pretty wide brush Publius. Let's not forget the millions of obese Americans, who can't seem to push themselves away from the table, or buffet I should say.

Mon Jun 26, 05:34:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Yes but anon, if fat people pay for their health insurance they at least contribute, this hospital is charging Mexico for health coverage used by Mexican nationals who did not pay for any of the services they received.
I am in no way saying this is the only cause for higher health insurance prices, but I am adding it to the enormous list of why we have a serious immigration problem that our President and our Senate are not trying to fix.

Mon Jun 26, 10:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I said, I don't think it's a bad idea to charge the Mexican Gov't. I'd like to see their faces when the bill shows up...I'm imagining a "WTF" look times 10.

Tue Jun 27, 05:21:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well even though most of the people who come here illegally from Mexico can’t speak English, Vicente can, so he can’t get the bill and go, “No English.”

Tue Jun 27, 03:37:00 PM  

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