Skip to comments.Border town’s only hospital ‘running out of resources’, on the brink of collapse caring for migrants
Posted on 02/04/2023 8:58:39 AM PST by Right Wing Vegan
The migrant surge is overwhelming a border town’s only hospital, the facility’s director told Fox News.
Yuma Regional Medical Center – the only hospital within 60 miles – has been forced to delay residents’ care to treat scores of illegal immigrants, many of them pregnant women.
Meanwhile, the hospital is racking up millions in unpaid expenses. Over six months, caring for migrants has cost the 406-bed facility at least $20 million with no one to foot the bill, according to the center’s president and CEO, Dr. Robert Trenschel.
“That’s an unsustainable model to have that unexpected expense without any revenue to offset it,” Trenschel said. “It’s a no-win situation.”
“We are running out of resources,” Trenschel said. “We’ve had to hire additional staff.”
n total, around 6 million migrants, including 1.2 million “gotaways,” have crossed the southern border since President Biden took office, according to Customs and Border Patrol.
El Paso, Texas, another border city, declared a state of emergency amid a migrant surge in December. Local hospitals were used for refuge since shelters were over capacity.
“It’s unfair to residents of our community, too, because we’re providing free care to these individuals,” Trenschel said. “The residents of our community don’t get free care.”
He also told Fox News his facility’s maternity unit has reached capacity since the largest number of migrant patients requiring care are pregnant. The next closest hospital — 62 miles away — recently stopped providing labor and delivery services.
“We would have to delay some of the planned inductions for our residents because of that,” Trenschel said. “Our residents have had to suffer through that.”
Hospital staff has faced additional burdens working around language barriers and providing medical equipment to ensure safe discharges, Trenschel said.
“These individuals take at least three times the number of human resources to resolve their cases and get them a safe discharge as a regular patient in our hospital,” Trenschel told Fox News. He said many migrants are also admitted with serious illnesses that require extensive care.
The hospital is also packed with flu and COVID-19 patients. Trenschel said his staff are overworked and tired.
Yuma Regional Medical Center’s CEO says his hospital staff are happy to help any patient, but can’t sustain the influx of migrant patients getting free care. (Courtesy: Yuma Regional Medical Center)
Trenschel also warned that there could be dire consequences if Title 42 is eliminated. Ongoing legal disputes could ultimately end the Trump-era policy that allows border officials to quickly expel illegal migrants for health reasons.
“If Title 42 does go away and we do have another surge, it could be a public health emergency for sure,” Trenschel said.
Trenschel has discussed the hospital’s concerns with Arizona’s elected officials and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The hospital administration hopes the federal government finds a solution to cover the unpaid medical expenses.
“People lend an ear and they’re willing to listen, but nobody has any solutions,” Trenschel said. “We’ve been at this for well over a year now.”
“If we continue to have these extraordinary expenses that are not reimbursed, it could have a significant impact on the hospital,” he added. “We need a payer source to have this hospital remain sustainable, viable for the future.”
To hear more from Trenschel on the impact the migrant surge has on a border town hospital, click here.
They should ask the Democrat party for some money.
But NYC is distraught with less than 1% of the influx and 10 X the resources.....
The migrant surge is overwhelming America Biden plan is working.
Replacement list growing at a high rate of speed.
Don’t worry - Katie Hobbs will fix it! /s
And the stupid bass turds from below the border just keep on coming. They ain’t ‘fraid of no racism and gun violence. That’s the type of fun that is making them come here.
United States the Land of the FREE STUFF
We’ll just paper it over with more printed money, centrally-controlled interest rates, and LOTS of government debt.
The hospitals were required by law to care for them but, the wetbacks gave false names and addresses, and never paid a dime.
The hospitals (San Joaquin valley) shut down their ERs because they were broke.
This was in the Sacramento Bee which was surprising, as the Bee is a liberal rag.
I can’t believe we successfully rounded up all of the “Murder hornets” and removed them from our country but we can’t do the same with Jilly’s “breakfast tacos. I guess going after JSixers has got the Feddies too busy to do anything else.
Defund CMS. It is the only way to save healthcare. It’s time to stop having 3 tiers of healthcare.
Review the AAPS Marxism in Medicine on You tube, and demand better citizen care. If you need a kink greenmail me.
Either we take this back for our son and daughters, our grandchildren and our posterity or we sit in comfort while it happens.
If the libs can do identity politics, so can we.
American Citizens First Healthcare.
Send them to the sanctuary cities, that’s what they do, supposedly.
At a minimum, have Mexico pay the hospital bills. They are Mexico’s citizens.
By coincidence, one of the cities with the highest percentage of people moving away is San Diego.
Seems the Cartels supporting Hobbs as governor has allowed them to keep the border wide open for drug trade. Lake cannot be bought but all the other Rinos have been paid off.
At a certain point, it will be better to live in Mexico than in an America completely overwhelmed by these savages. G W MORON and the neoCONS are getting the North American Union that they always wanted whether we want it or not.
Cloward Piven in action
Good suggestion. Close down the ER and the maternity ward and send arrivals to so called sanctuary cities.
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