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Health Care for Illegal Immigrants On a blistering day in May United States Border Patrol agents in southern Californias Imperial County found a man collapsed in the desert The thirty-nine year old had successfully sneaked across the border from Mexico but passed out from heat stroke The Border patrol called an ambulance to take him to El Centro Regional Medical Center where he spent two days in intensive care and several more in recovery The Border Patrol didnt go back to the hospital to arrest him and send him back to Mexico so the guy continued on with relatives to Los Angeles which left the hospital with an unpaid bill of 26890wwwtimescom No one at El Centro Regional was surprised by the bill unpaid by an illegal immigrant The public hospital has lost more than 1 million a year from treating illegal immigrants many of which got hurt while trying to cross the border-- People who broke bones trying to jump the 20ft border fence in Calexico or almost drowned trying to get across the All American Canal or get dehydrated in Imperial Valley DesertUnknown Writer The hospital near El Centro Pioneers Memorial Hospitallost more than 500000 for the same thing along with unpaid ambulance and doctor fees The two hospitals have to give care to 150000 people in a county that already has some of the highest unemployment and proverty ratesWere struggling to treat needy poeple and the cost is bearing down on people least able to afford it says Ted Fox CEO of El Centro Regional Other countries in California Arizona New Mexico and Texas that border Mexico are also dealing with a rising number of unpaid bills left illegal immigrants Since 1994 the amount of money lost has increased incredibly Buy that was when the Immigration and Naturalization Service launched Operation Catekeeper
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