Most Hospitals in big Metro areas in border states struggle with this matter. We lived in the DFW area for 12 or so years, and this just drove me to distraction:I live by the border and just one hospital in a town with a population of 100,000 has approximately 800 births a month,most of them paid with our taxes cause they are Illegals
Parkland Hospital in Dallas:
Parkland Memorial Hospital delivers more of those babies than any other hospital in the state. Last year at Parkland, 11,071 babies were born to women who were noncitizens, about 74 percent of total deliveries. Most of these women are believed to be in the country illegally.in Texas, between 60,000 to 65,000 babies achieve U.S. citizenship annually by being born in the state's hospitals, according to a tally released by the state's Health and Human Services Commission. Last year, such births represented almost 16 percent of the total births statewide.
Between 2001 and 2009, births to illegal immigrant women totaled 542,152 in Texas alone.I don't know enough about Joe A., but I do know the Executive Branch is torturing the language of the law beyond all recognition and abusing their powers to what I consider a criminal level in pursuit of their ideological goals, but other than that, it is a problem politicians of many stripes have conveniently ignored for a long time.Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas , Texas is a fairly famous institution and for a variety of reasons:
1. John F. Kennedy died there in 1963
2. Lee Harvey Oswald died there shortly after
3. Jack Ruby-who killed Oswald, died there a few years later.
On the flip side, Parkland is also home to the second busiest maternity ward in the country with almost 16,000 new babies arriving each year. That’s almost 44 per day—every day.
A recent patient survey indicated that 70 percent of the women who gave birth at Parkland in the first three months of 2006 were illegal immigrants. That’s 11,200 anchor babies born every year just in Dallas.
According to the article, the hospital spent $70.7 million delivering 15,938 babies in 2004 but managed to end up with almost $8 million dollars in surplus funding. Medicaid kicked in $34.5 million, Dallas County taxpayers kicked in $31.3 million and the feds tossed in another $9.5 million. About $75 million total, or $5,000 per baby. One large hospital in Texas. A heck of a lot more than that nationally.
The average patient in Parkland in maternity wards is 25 years old, married and giving birth to her second child. She is also an illegal immigrant. By law, pregnant women cannot be denied medical care based on their immigration status or ability to pay.
OK, fine. That doesn’t mean they should receive better care than everyday, middle-class American citizens. But at Parkland Hospital , they do. ” Parkland Memorial Hospital has nine prenatal clinics.
That does not mean now is not the time to fix it, nor does that mean it is too late to fix it. Just recognize the problem, and fix it. Damn simple.