Skip to comments.El Paso Children's Hospital spends $60,000 treating illegal immigrant children
Posted on 07/02/2014 9:38:23 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
EL PASO, Texas - El Paso hospitals are treating dozens of illegal immigrants for minor diseases, and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told KFOX14 the federal government is picking up the bill.
El Paso Children's Hospital spokeswoman Susie Byrd told KFOX14 the hospital saw between 50-60 immigrant children for different medical issues at an estimated price tag of $60,000.
"They all came in through the emergency room, and were later released back to CBP," she said. "We will be billing CBP for those services."
A spokesperson with Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare told KFOX14 that as of Monday, Del Sol Medical Center treated 24 women and children immigrant patients since last week, and officials confirmed cases of scabies and lice. There have been no admissions to the hospital.
The spokesperson also told KFOX14 that Las Palmas Medical Center has seen 5-10 patients per day since last week, women and children only, and confirmed cases of scabies and lice as well. There have been no admissions to the hospital.
University Medical Center saw 11 patients on Sunday for various minor diseases, hospital spokeswoman Margaret Althoff-Olivas told KFOX14.
"UMC will be billing the Border Patrol for services provided," she said. "A medical screening entails taking a patient's vital signs and doing a general assessment of their overall condition. Due to patient privacy laws, I am unable to discuss the care that was provided to the immigrants yesterday."
UMC told KFOX14 one busload of immigrants will be transported to El Paso from the south Texas border every day for the next three weeks, and that the local hospitals will be switching off day to day on who provides medical screenings for them.
UMC, Del Sol, and Las Palmas told KFOX14 they don't have numbers yet on how much medical care for the immigrants will cost.
"Everyone is covered under MedPAR, it's a federal program run by ICE," said El Paso Sector Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero. "That's how we pay the hospitals. We screen everybody; If there's something our medics can't take care of, we have to take them to the hospitals."
MedPAR stands for Medical Payment Authorization Request. According to ICE, it is a web application which is maintained by ICE and used to authorize payment for medical, mental health, dental, and specialty services and equipment provided to detainees by outside specialists and facilities.
Before the outside services can be provided, medical personnel at the facility created a MedPAR request containing biographic information about the detainee, information about the medical condition being treated, and information about the referring provider and outside provider who is treating the detainee.
According to ICE, the detainee's medical provider is responsible for determining what treatment is medically necessary for a serious medical need and the MedPAR system approves payment for the requested service.
Cordero explained the process to KFOX14 in a phone conversation on Monday.
"Most of the migrants are coming in from south Texas, when they get here by plane or by bus, they are immediately given a medical screening by Customs and Border Protection agents," he said. "If there is an issue, they are taken to the hospitals, if not, they are turned over to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. They have to be medically cleared before they are turned over."
Cordero told KFOX14 many of the immigrants are simply walking up to border agents and turning themselves in rather than trying to jump or get around a border fence.
Along with scabies and lice, he said agents are seeing immigrants with fevers and diarrhea.
A Border Regional Advisory Council on Trauma meeting was held at Sierra Providence East Medical Center on Monday, though it was closed to the media and the public. A source sent KFOX14 photos of immigrant children being medically screened in blue tents right outside of the hospital.
As KFOX14 has reported, the Border Patrol in South Texas has been overwhelmed by an influx of unaccompanied children and parents traveling from Central American countries.
As a result, many of them are being transported to other areas in the Southwest, including El Paso.
Wonder how many of the illegals are also being sent to William Beaumont AMC....and taking away care and bed space from military personnel.
If they are shipping the illegals all over, and putting them in military facilities, would not be surprised if many are stashed at Beaumont
That would be the American taxpayer, I believe. Don't you love how our stupid public servants think?
Oh boy, explosive diarrhea. Yeah, I brought that back from Mexico too.
It was the *last* time I went, too. Just thought I’d share that thought.
Another job well done by Barry and his gang of Marxist destroyers.
We’re being visited by thousands of disease-ridden kids that he invited vis a vis one of his stinking agencies.
Those 140 or was it 175 illegal aliens on the 3 buses who were turned back from Murrieta, CA on Tuesday by American citizen heroes...
When the illegal aliens arrived back in San Diego they were FINALLY after spending days in TX and then on a plane to CA, FINALLY given health screenings..
At least TEN had scabies, other shad other contagious diseases
TEN were hospitalized
another FORTY were put in quarantine in hospital..
Those brave Americans in Murrieta saved their city and their children from misery, sickness and possible death..
This is an invasion.
And on top of that, how many American citizens are having their medical attention delayed for this?
Imagine showing up at an ER, and being told there are a hundred illegal invaders ahead of you before you can be seen.
veterans wait on lists while illegals fill emergency and maternity rooms
None of it makes sense does it?
On the other hand, the 60 grand was for two Tylenol and a bottle of Pedialyte.
100 bottles of qwell
And yet they charge $60,000 to peoples insurance for a couple of days in the hospital and tests and or minor procedures.
Tell me about it.
It is beyond outrageous.
a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told KFOX14 the federal government is picking up the bill.
Actually it is not. WE are paying the bill. no let me correct that, My grandchildren are paying the bill.....
This is beyond ridiculous. Why don’t we just invite the whole world to send their sick people here! U.S. Citizens should just step to the back of the line.
We’ve already spend tens of hundreds of billions on tens of millions of illegals already in country over the past several decades..
Dallas Parkland hospital delivers more illegal alien babies than any other U.S. hospital...About 12,000 per year...
At just one single hospital in the U.S...
Multiply this with *hundreds* of other hospitals all over the U.S.
Is anyone in Texas in the streets blocking the buses?
Rhetorical question: So because San Diego is a large city it can absorb these disease-ridden illegal aliens without negative consequences?
It is the Cloward-Piven strategy used in a focused way. The globalist created the 'North American Union' concept as a major step to total world government under their control. The democrip regime worked with other orgs in other countries, to arrange the sudden wave of illegal children flooding into the Souther Border. The act of doing that is treason writ large yet the republicants will not impeach and remove such traitors because the republicants serve the same masters, not the people.
The current regime cares not one whit about the children because they designed an invasion of these disease riddled children as tools to destabilize the Southern Border states which do not tow the oligarch's commands. The democrip party has used children as tools on many occasions. This is just the latest evil act from their service to the oligarchy. And please, do not forget under whom the 'North American UNion' dream spewed forth!
This is a huge problem, for without the leverage of a real threat of impeachment and removal we are defenseless against an onslaught that will utterly destroy America as we have known it. Evidence of that is all around us. This is something the founders didn't conceive could happen.
Of course the fact that the Demonrat senate would never vote to remove the bogus POTUS makes any move to impeach an act of futility
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