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October 14, 2005

Clueless in California

From Sign On San Diego...

Researchers at Mexico's National Population Council and the University of California found that only 9.8 percent of Mexican adult migrants living in the United States 10 years or less visited an emergency room in the past year. That's less than half the rate among people born in the United States – 19.9 percent for people of Mexican ancestry born in the United States and 20 percent for U.S.-born whites.

Among Mexican immigrants living in the United States more than 10 years, 13.7 percent visited an emergency room in the previous year, according to an analysis of data collected in 2000 for the U.S. National Health Interview Survey.

The findings run counter to a widespread belief that illegal immigrants are a major burden on emergency rooms, said Mario Gutierrez, program director of rural and agricultural health at The California Endowment, a private health foundation that co-sponsored the study.

I'm amazed at the stupidity of some people. Illegal immigrants don't pay taxes. The law requires emergency rooms to treat people regardless of whether they can pay or not. The study, nowhere, tells what percent of those illegal immigrants who use emergency room services pay for those services. It wouldn't take a brain surgeon to give a good guess that it's few if any.

How is that not a drain?!?

Posted by Danny Carlton at October 14, 2005 05:56 AM

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