Essay: Illegal Immigration Enters the Health-Care Debate
In the 2009 article, Illegal Immigration Enters the Health-Care Debate by Miriam Jordan, the economic effects of illegal immigration a health care facility is exposed. Sutter Solano Medical Center was forced to write-off $12 million in charity care during 2006, because of uninsured illegal immigrants, they are not the only facility facing the problem; two factors causing this problem are the nations rising health care costs, and uninsured individuals. The Pew Hispanic Center a nonpartisan research group estimates that six million illegal immigrants in the United States do not have health insurance.
Sutter Solano Medical Center Executive Terry Glubka lobbied the county to open a health clinic to address the issue of health care for illegal immigrants and low income individuals, after a 13.1% increase in total ER visits. The hospitals increase in ER visits was twice the state average; it also determined that 80% of the visits were not urgent. A new health clinic The 1986 Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) that requires hospitals to provide care to anyone regardless of citizenship, legal status, or ability to pay, is also fueling this problem. The article states, “Emergency-room visits, where treatment costs are much higher than in clinics, climbed 32% nationally between 1996 and 2006.”