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How Much Is Enough?

No one likes sad stories. No one likes tales of people who suffer great tragedy in their lives. And no one likes hearing about those who have suffered that tragedy undergoing even more difficulties.

But this story... I have to rein in my heart strings and say "we've done enough. I'm sorry your life sucks so badly, but sometimes that happens.

Short version: Mexican woman illegally brought to the US as a child gets into a motorcycle accident and nearly dies. An American hospital saves her life, does all it can, then transfers her to a Mexican hospital. That hospital -- considerably less capable than the American one -- dumps her on another, which sends her to the home of a distant relative.

Many in Mexico are extremely upset at the American hospital for not keeping her and continuing her treatment.

St. Joseph's Hospital And Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona took her after the crash. They treated her broken back, broken arm and leg, and collapsed lung -- among other injuries -- and kept her until her bill reached almost half a million dollars.

As an illegal alien, Ms. Velazquez had no insurance, so no other US hospital would take her. But hospitals in her native Mexico would take her, so St. Joseph's spent one last chunk of money and chartered a plane to fly her there.

Mexico has universal health care -- the sort of thing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama want to give all of us. If you're curious about how well it's working out there, go and read the full article. Phrases such as "26-hour ambulance ride" and "infection" and "stopped breathing" jump out at me.

The hospital has already written off the $478,000 and change they invested in her care. It's about 3% of the $17 million they wrote off last year -- that amount covers Americans, legal aliens, and illegal aliens.

But many Mexicans are unhappy about her treatment. They think St. Joseph's should have kept her longer, given her more treatment, and helped her recover further before discharging her.

Oh, and they shouldn't have sent her back to Mexico, either.

I find myself wondering that, if they are so concerned about her care, they would be willing to pay for it. I'm sure St. Joseph's would appreciate even a few pesos for all the care they did give her.

Like that's gonna happen.


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Comments (12)

The girls parents can sue t... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The girls parents can sue the Mexican hospitals for being sub standard. Oh! Wait... they can't. The parents and family can go on Mexican television and demand better treatment from the government. Oh! They can't. Well, I guess they will have to sue the Phoenix hospital, so that way, we all will pay.

This stuff happens because we all bowed down to political correctness. You can be compassionate but now stupid. ww

Since when can the Mexicans... (Below threshold)
wxwzrd:

Since when can the Mexicans demand anything from us?!? Oh, yeah. Never mind.

/sarc off

Problem is they have become so dependent on their relatives sending money back and others sucking on Sam's nipple so long that they automatically think they're entitled. Just like the lefties here.

"No Good Deed Goes Unpunish... (Below threshold)
Candy:

"No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" comes to mind.

Perhaps this will have an u... (Below threshold)
epador:

Perhaps this will have an undesired effect - hospitals will start refusing undocumented and illegal aliens in the first place.

This is one of the reasons ... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

This is one of the reasons why health care costs in the U.S. are going up. Someone's got to pay those medical bills.

Epador,I don't kno... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Epador,

I don't know how it is in other states, but in AZ hospitals basically can't refuse to treat anyone that shows up at the emergency room, with or without insurance, with or without documentation, irregardless of color, creed, religion, ethnic grouping, gender or national origin, etc.

The answer has been pass the costs onto the paying customers, write off as much as possible, and petition the government for relief. Many hospitals have begun to take the "nuclear" option and begun closing emergency rooms and OB-GYN clinics. Everybody loses in those situations, especially the rural residents of the border counties in AZ.

Maybe the hospital could of sponsored her for a green card, then hired her for house keeping, etc and then garnished her wages. Wait, never mind, she probably would of quit and gone home to Mexico or to some other state.

Need more proof that Americ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Need more proof that America is in a circular firing squad. No survivors will remain. Why do they want to take over this country, they can't run their own. Within 5 years the U.S. would be a carbon copy of the failures in Mexico. Euro-American immigrants built this country and are still the only productive loyal immigrants. Name one other as a group that are anything but 'riders' (take more than they contribute) on the train built by someone else.

Scrapiron, I think many Asi... (Below threshold)
COgirl:

Scrapiron, I think many Asian immigrants have contributed greatly to this society. Perhaps not Hillary's backer, Norman Hsu, but others have. I think the problem may be confined to the illegal immigrants from Latin American countries. Any immigrants who go through the channels to do it legally are just so happy to finally be in and do become productive members of society.

But Velázquez's case als... (Below threshold)

But Velázquez's case also shows how innocent people can get ensnared in the illegal-immigration controversy. Velázquez, now 22, never asked to come to the United States; she was brought as a child. She wasn't driving the motorcycle; she was only a passenger.

Well hello, if she didn't wish to come, she is now an adult and could have chose to leave. Or she could have filed for citizenship, or a green card or whatever...I live in NM near border, believe me, it is very hard to be sent back to Mexico.

Come on she could play the innocent victim card, until she is an adult, but no longer.

I salute the hospital, I am sorry that this woman did not follow through with any of the services that could have granted her the right to stay here, when say one is involved in an accident that is not her fault.

Now about an accident that is not the fault of a person...what about the bus accident caused by an illegal that killed children? Hmm

ScrapIron,People fro... (Below threshold)
Anthro03:

ScrapIron,
People from ALL races come to America and Contribute. And People from ALL races also come here and live off the welfare state. I'd take every hard working Mexican who wanted to cross 50 miles of desert to live in America if I could take a Trailor living welfare queen and pitch her ass into Mexico as an Exchange.

Comments Like yours gives the Race Pimps like Jeremiah Wright and La Raza ammo to destroy this country.

I don't know how i... (Below threshold)
gattsuru:
I don't know how it is in other states, but in AZ hospitals basically can't refuse to treat anyone that shows up at the emergency room, with or without insurance, with or without documentation, irregardless of color, creed, religion, ethnic grouping, gender or national origin, etc.

To be precise, EMTALA requires any hospital that takes Medicare or other Department of Health money to provide emergency care and ambulance services to anyone who asks for it, as much as is necessary to stabilize the emergency. Patients can only be released if they are determined to not have an emergency, their emergency is stabilized, if they choose to leave, or if they are sent to another participating hospital for care that can not be provided at the current hospital. There is no distinction for citizenship, nationality, religion, race, et cetera.

Note that, because the act was written by lawyers rather than doctors, there's no real definition of "emergency" or "stabilized" or what is and isn't reasonable effort well-written into law, making it very dangerous for doctors and emergency room personnel to do anything but spend too much time and effort on specific individuals.

Irregardless isn't a word, although it would be a really good one if it were.

It is very difficult to kee... (Below threshold)
!:

It is very difficult to keep a hospital running with anything but in the red. We have to provide care for everyone even though we will never get paid for it. It is one thing to do this for our own citizens that we set aside special funds for. But, for people coming into this country from other countries and then leaving with unpaid bills that is a different story. I think that the hospitals should gather up all of these bills and send them to the countries of the illegal immigrants to pay.




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