FW: Does this tick you off?

"BIG D" TEXAS Parkland Memorial Hospital

Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas is a fairly famous institution and for a variety of reasons:

1. John F. Kennedy died there in 1963
2. Lee Harvey Oswald died there shortly after
3. Jack Ruby-who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, died there a few years later..by coincidence

'On the flip side, Parkland is also home to the second busiest maternity ward in the country with almost 16,000 new babies arriving each year. (That's almost 44 per day---every day)

A re cent patient survey indicated that 70 percent of the women who gave birth at Parkland in three months were illegal immigrants. That's 11,200 anchor babies born every year just in Dallas

According to the article, the hospital spent $70.7 million delivering 15,938 babies but managed to end up with almost $8 million dollars in surplus funding. Medicaid kicked in $34.5 million, Dallas County taxpayers kicked in $31.3 million and the feds tossed in another $9.5 million.

The average patient in Parkland 'S maternity wards is 25 years old, married and giving birth to her second child.

She is also an illegal immigrant.

By law, pregnant women cannot be denied medical care based on their immigration status or ability to pay. OK, fine. That doesn't mean they should receive better care than everyday, middle-class American citizens. But at Parkland Hospital , they do. ' Parkland Memorial Hospital has nine prenatal clinics'.

That's right !!!! NINE.

The Dallas Morning News article followed a Hispanic woman who was a patient at one of the clinics and preg nant with her third child---her previous two were also born at Parkland . Her first two deliveries were free and the Mexican native was grateful because it would have cost $200 to have them in Mexico This time, the hospital wants her to pay $10 per visit and $100 for the delivery but she was unsure if she could come up with the money. Not that it matters, the hospital won't turn her away. (I wonder why they even bother asking at this point.)

'How long has this been going on? What are the long-term affects?

Well, another subject of the article was born at Parkland in 1986 shortly after her mother entered the US illegally - now she is having her own child there as well. (That's right, she's technically a US citizen.)

These women receive free prenatal care including medication, nutrition, birthing classes and child care classes. They also get freebies such as car seats, bottles, diapers and formula.

Most of these things are available to American citizens as well but only for low-income applicants and even then, the red tape involved is almost insurmountable.

Because these women are illegal immigrants, they do not have to provide any sort of legitimate identification - no proof of income. An American cit izen would have to provide a social security number which would reveal their annual income - an illegal immigrant need only claim to be poor and the hospital must take them at their word.

Parkland Hospital offers indigent care to Dallas County residents who earn less than $40,000 per year. (They also have to prove that they did not refuse health coverage at their current job. Yeah, the 'free' care is not so easy for Americans.)

There are about 140 patients who received roughly $4 million dollars for un-reimbursed medical care. As it turns out, they did not qualify for free treatment because they resided outside of Dallas County so the hospital is going to sue them! Illegals get it all free! But U. S citizens who live outside of Dallas County get s ued! How stupid is this?

As if that isn't annoying enough, the illegal immigrant patients are actually complaining about hospital staff not speaking Spanish.. In this AP story, the author speaks with a woman who is upset that she had to translate comments from the hospital staff into Spanish for her husband. The doctor was trying to explain the situation to the family and the mother was forced to translate for her husband who only spoke Spanish. This was apparently a great injustice to her.
In an attempt to create a Spanish-speaking staff, Parkland Hospital is now providing incentives in the form of extra pay for applicants who speak Spanish.. Additionally, medical students at the University of Texas Southwestern for which Parkland Hospital is the training facility will now have a Spanish language requirement added to their already jammed-packed curriculum. No other school in the country boasts such a ridiculous multi-semester (multi-cultural) requirement.

(Sorry for the length, but this needs wide circulation particularly to our 'employees' in Congress.)

Remember that this is only ONE hospital is Dallas , Texas . There are many more hospitals across our country that also have to deal with this.



ferschitz said...


Mostly true, but not surprisingly, they leave out a list of misconceptions from the end of the Snopes article, including the fact that most immigrants delivering kids at Parkland & Houston hospitals have jobs, pay taxes and have a high rate of PAYING their hospital costs.

It is true, though, that such "anchor babies" do enable the family to gain legal status in our country.

It's a situation of some concern, but we would all be better served if we could discuss this in a mature way, include ALL the facts, and consider what is best for involved. That's not the goal of this typically hysterical RWF, plus quoting from AP highlights the lack of bona fides in this screed.

bendk said...

Basic human rights.. at A HOSPITAL!?!!1

*crying lady liberty in corner*

lol, when that guy shouted "you lie" at Obama's speech, I thought it was when he said "illegal immigrants will get care under the plan" then I remembered "nevermind, it's congress. Neither side would say that"

gruaud said...

*crying lady liberty in corner*


Those Kelly editorial cartons at The Onion are the greatest.


Anonymous said...

Yeah bc we wouldn't want our nannies, and our gardeners, and our maids, and our chefs & busboys & dishwashers at the restaurants, and our pool cleaners, and our hospital orderlies & cleaning crew to get decent health care or be allowed to deliver their babies in hospitals, now would we???

I think that, sadly, some CA counties have passed (or at least proposed) ordinances forcing hospitals to check on citizenship or green card status before offering medical care.

Like: I want illegal workers in my area NOT to get health care when they have H1N1 flu. Yeah, that's the ticket: just let 'em pass around contagious viruses without any recourse to any health care.

GREAT IDEA!! I'm sure that all good contards will NOT get H1N1 from illegals simply bc magic Jeebus has protected them (but only protects good contards, not teh eeeevul libruls no matter what their religious beliefs) from getting sick.

Sheesh. Do I even need to say: teh stooped it burns???

Bebe 99 said...

I didn't read the snopes article, but the idea that everything is free and easy for immigrants, but citizens have insurmountable paperwork, and IRS income checks is simply not believable.

At any rate, most other countries don't allow anchor babies any more, and the US shouldn't either. I live on the border, women cross the border everyday to have their babies in the US, then go back home to mexico. They don't do it just for the free medical --sometimes they have to pay more to have them over here. But it is worth it to give their kids the gift of US citizenship. This happens all along the border. Hey, if I was one of these poor folks, I would do it too. But we really shouldn't allow anchor babies for non-legal residents.

Tootseye said...

To Bebe99: agree but it's a tricky issue, which deserves intelligent, rational & mature discussion. It may look straightforward, but it's not, at least not always.

Sadly, how the right CHOOSE to (not) communicate about anything lately does not bode well, which is reflected in the typically hysterical but not quite factual RWF email. SIGH.

katz said...

So I just got my driver's license after 3 months of delays and I can tell you: being undocumented doesn't give you a free pass to anything. Lacking just one piece of commonly required documentation leads to holdups and long arguments with people about how, look, here's my birth certificate, social security number, and a school ID card with my name and picture on it, isn't that good enough?

I never had to go to the hospital during that time, but I'll bet anything that it's more of the same.

Marc with a C said...

With all this wonderful free care all these ILLEGAL!!1!!1! immigrants are getting here in the good ol' USA at taxpayer expense, it kinda makes you wonder why our infant mortality rate is actually higher than Cuba's.

Anonymous said...

Just outta curiosity...what does where JFK/Oswald/Ruby died have to do with the rest of the e-mail?

"Kennedy died here. Now they provide emergency services for illegal immigrants."

What's next?

"Eisenhower ate lunch here on a campaign stop in 1952. Now, the head waiter has AIDS."

I mean, really - wtf does Part 1 have to do with Part2?

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