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RedGrouse
01-05-2012, 07:10 PM
Man set to go home today after more than year at Fresno hospital
http://www.fresnobee.com/2012/01/03/2669593/man-will-leave-fresno-hospital.html

Fuentes has spent 374 days at Community Regional Medical Center, the longest uninterrupted stay by a patient at the Fresno acute-care hospital, according to staff recollection.

He thanks God -- and doctors and nurses -- he's alive, and the hospital for his care, he said. Fuentes, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, has no health insurance.

This is why we are broke.

SarasotaRepub
01-05-2012, 07:53 PM
He thanks God -- and doctors and nurses -- he's alive, and the hospital for his care, he said. Fuentes, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, has no health insurance.

On Tuesday, the final cost of Fuentes' care was not available. Much of it will be taken on by the hospital as charity care.



That's just amazing...

JB
01-05-2012, 08:25 PM
You don't know the half of it. (http://news.yahoo.com/hospitals-stuck-illegal-immigrant-uninsured-permanent-patients-massive-223110870.html;_ylt=AjaCbC8ajDmXyZx06gMpf0sg2.cA;_ ylu=X3oDMTRvZTFlaGFmBGNjb2RlA2dtcHRvcDEwMDBwb29sd2 lraXVwcmVzdARtaXQDTmV3cyBmb3IgeW91BHBrZwNkNTkyMzFk MS0wNTk5LTNlNDEtYTVmMi1mN2I3OTVjZWZhNTYEcG9zAzMEc2 VjA25ld3NfZm9yX3lvdQR2ZXIDZWJlNTIyNTAtMzc0Yy0xMWUx LWI3Y2YtNjRjZDI3ZGYwMjQ5;_ylg=X3oDMTM2cDVtN2ltBGlu dGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDMzZmNGZhYWEtMjY3Yi 0zMzYxLTk3ZmMtNThlNDUyMTBhZGQ0BHBzdGNhdAN0ZWNofGlu dGVybmV0BHB0A3N0b3J5cGFnZQR0ZXN0Aw--;_ylv=3)
Hospitals Stuck With Illegal Immigrants, Uninsured ‘Permanent Patients’ at Massive Cost.

An unpleasant new report claims that many hospitals in major metro areas are struggling with the growing problem of “permanent patients.”

What’s a “permanent patient”? According to the New York Times they are mostly illegal immigrants or people who lack insurance or their own housing that the hospital cannot turn away.

The Times defines a “permanent patient”:

…[someone who has] been languishing for months or even years in…hospitals, despite being well enough to be sent home or to nursing centers for less-expensive care, because they are illegal immigrants or lack sufficient insurance or appropriate housing.

Of course, having dozens of patients hanging around that long means these hospitals are absorbing the bill for millions of dollars in unreimbursed expenses annually.

Unsurprisingly, the majority of these “permanent patients” are illegal immigrants because, as mentioned in the above, they have no housing or family in the area.

AmPat
01-05-2012, 08:33 PM
Ain't Utopia wonderful?:rolleyes:
Atlas isn't going to have a chance to shrug, his back is nearly broken.:mad: