Illegal immigrant's ouster from Isle hospital raises questions

Feb 7, 2011 Full story: Houston Chronicle 207

The crushing news came last month as Maria Sanchez was being prepared for surgery to remove a banana-size tumor along her spine that had crept between her vertebrae.

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“A Nation of Legal Immigrants”

Since: Nov 07

Lake City Florida,/ Nebraska

#1 Feb 7, 2011
About time!!!

Since: Jan 11

El Paso, TX

#2 Feb 7, 2011
Another sad story which happens daily across the country. Have LULAC pick up the medical bills for Illegal Aliens.
hallie

Carson City, NV

#3 Feb 7, 2011
So the illegal alien, Maria Sanchez, finally got more FREE medical care (surgery and hospitalization)in Galveston, Texas! While some American's lose the "American dream" due to the high cost of their medical bills. I guess America has to pay the cost for Mexico's poverty! All the while illegal aliens get it for free with America's "Charity care"....I guess it pays not to have a social security number..
hallie

Carson City, NV

#4 Feb 7, 2011
Not to mention this FREE medical care Illegal aliens get all at the expense of the expense of the American citizen..
Illegal aliens giving birth to 60,000 anchor babies a year in Texas alone..Can you imagine the amount per year for the whole U.S.?
US Citizen

United States

#5 Feb 7, 2011
They now EXPECT free treatment at the cost of billions of dollars to American taxpayers. When is Mexico going to reimburse us or take care of their own ? I guess poor American citizens can just go off and die. This is WRONG. I love these sob stories about Mexican nationals.

Since: Jun 08

Woodbridge, VA

#6 Feb 7, 2011
WAIT A HOLD IT SANCHEZ...

We are supposed to provide EMERGENCY treatment to you. This is yes, life-threatening but NOT emergency treatment as most define it.

Emergency treatment - you are hit by a car and brought into the ER, you are having a heart attack, suspected stroke, break a bone...

Though I feel for your health, the doctors were right - you are illegal and the surgery should be done in Mexico. There are people from other countries who bust their tails to get visas and spent thousands and tens of thousands of dollars to get to the US for medical treatment. I used to work in a neurosurg department in the medical facility my husband works at. One of the nurses for a superb neurosurg was responsible for helping get visas for out of country patients with the doctors there contacted doctors here to ask for help. And it was expected the patients would be self pay for most of the procedure and the doctor would apply for some aid if needed and if denied by the hospital, the patient was expected to full pay before the procedure. I remember hearing the surgeon fighting with admin to get even just a few thousand dollars taken off a bill. Yet you want tens of thousands of dollars if not more in treatment for free?

We went upside down in our house to take out money to pay for emergency services for my husband because the emergency surgeon on call that weekend was not in out network though thge hospital was. Our local hospital could not touch his injuries. We have to take out $33K again our home to pay for bills incase we could not get the insurance to cover the surgeon - the $33 was JUST the surgeon's costs! If the hospital my husband was transferred to was not in network, it would have been maybe $50K or we would have had to fight to get him transported to a further hospital but that was in our network and was the base hospital associated with where my husband works. This was a life threatening emergency that needed surgery - several.

I feel sorry for Sanchez, but there are so many of us in this postition who are gainfully employed, insured and are fighting for our care in our own country.

Do I like this stance, no... But dang... How much more can we bleed out to pay for illegals?
CROSSHAIRS

Grove City, OH

#7 Feb 7, 2011
Send her back to Mexico......or better yet have the Mexicans come and get her.
Arrange with the Mexican authorities for an Ambulance come to the hospital and haul her to the nearest boarder crossing.
Is her husband illegal too......
He can ride the jump seat or maybe on the roof, the running board or mabe just hold on while standing on the bumper.
Mona

Seattle, WA

#8 Feb 7, 2011
The arrogance and sense of entitlement from these people. Oh, and for added measure, hold a picture of your anchor baby!

We are called racist when we don't want to bankrupt our system. This is the kind of crap that has LA with the fewest emergency rooms per person in the nation. They don't care about others, just suck our system dry. This has got to stop!
Mona

Seattle, WA

#9 Feb 7, 2011
...since hubby is unemployed, great opportunity to take whole family back to Mehico!Hubby doesn't know anyone there...wifey does!
hallie

Carson City, NV

#11 Feb 7, 2011
Sanchez's husband is legal..He probably helped sneak her over here from Mexico like a lot of um do..Wonder how many emergency room care visit's she has had to pop out any anchor babies she may have had for free while here...If she hasn't, it's gotta be only because she's barren. She probably won't be deported after she's better and will receive much more non-emergency medical care..on us, of course..No price to pay, No consequences for breaking the law by sneaking over here illegally..She is being provided for by American's whether we like it or not..more than a lot of we citizen's will ever receive..I smell amnesty...with benefits...
PSL

Loxahatchee, FL

#12 Feb 7, 2011
Good! Now deport her to back to HER country. And make her husband pay for any past medical bills.
Telmark

Chico, CA

#13 Feb 7, 2011
A growing number of legal U.S. citizens are finally beginning to understand just how bad this type of non-citizen abuse of our H.C. system has become.

The truly unbelievable thing about this is the fact that Obama's health care (insurance scam) law does not address the illegal immigrant H.C. problem. That's right, one of the very issues that continues to drive our H.C. costs ever higher isn't even addressed by this scandalous law.

However, as "hallie" states, Obama will probably use this as another reason to give amnesty and citizenship to those who are currently in our Country illegally. These new citizens will, most likely, receive H.C. insurance coverage at our expense. This is why efficient border security is so important.
Evilmonger

Evansville, IN

#14 Feb 7, 2011
Any time an illegal shows up at a hospital, they should immediately be taken to surgery and become organ donors to pay back Americans for what they have stolen.
texmex

United States

#15 Feb 7, 2011
lawsuit.
PSL

Loxahatchee, FL

#16 Feb 7, 2011
texmex wrote:
lawsuit.
Not an emergency.
PSL

Loxahatchee, FL

#17 Feb 7, 2011
texmex wrote:
lawsuit.
Not a citizen!

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#18 Feb 7, 2011
Now take her and multiply it by a few million and you see why hospitals countrywide are financially broke.

She knows she's abusing and she's using the media to force us to pay for it. Slick.
Luca Brasi

United States

#19 Feb 7, 2011
I love the hypocrisy here. As long as the illegal immigrant is healthy and work as a mule, everything is ok. But as soon as the poor illegal immigrant get sick, the first thought is "send him/her back to Mexico" . I don't know if you are aware, but people doesn't decide to get sick just to screw the system. And again, for those who repeat like parrots "illegals are breaking the ER's and the hospitals", check your facts, the illegals are just part of the problem. 87% of the unpaid bills in the ER are for service provided for american citizens and legal residents.
Can You Hear Me

Saint Louis, MO

#20 Feb 7, 2011
This is why Hospitals charge so much and why Insurance is so high.
Incoming

Plainview, NY

#21 Feb 7, 2011
Did any one notice that her name is Maria Sanchez and her HUSBAND name is Aguillon...why is this...is it because she claimed to the welfare office that their is NO HUSBAND...and gets free everything...and as soon as something is denied to her...her unemployed husband comes to the rescue...so they can't get there way...they move to another town in Texas...instead of going to MEXICO where the operation would of been done and for free....Just got to love those ILLEGAL scumbags...

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