A visit to the E.R. can run into the multiple thousands of dollars. It did for me last year when my wife had to be taken there by ambulance.
E.R.s can’t turn anybody away, by law, so the E.R. takes the place of the family physician for many and not just illegals either, though I’m sure they may be the major problem in some parts of the country.
My wife was admitted and was there for 6 days. It was a semi private room and she had the same room mate the whole time she was there and said room mate was still there when she left. During that time period we learned a lot about her, including the fact that she didn’t have a dime to her name nor insurance either and could not have cared less about how her bill would be paid.
She was white, obese and presumably a citizen, she was constantly ordering food at all hours of the night and day and they served what she demanded and when she demanded it. What we never learned was what exactly her problem was - the reason that she was there to begin with. The only hint we got was “nerves”, she was constantly demanding and getting sedatives and pain pills. She was still there after my wife left 6 days later.
My wife had surgery when she was there and we have insurance, after our max out of pocket of $1,000 was met, our insurer paid around $180,000. (The E.R. billed separately) I told my wife that we and our insurer paid for her free loader room mate in that $180,000.
Something has to give and I’m sick and tired of it being me.
I don't hate them...I like legal immigration....but I hate being the stooge to foot the bill every single time...our citizens not getting good care but these illegls get everything...