Doctor, Bill Thyself

For Minnesota hospitals, sick immigrants mean an unhealthy bottom line

During its annual meeting in June, the American Medical Association passed a resolution demanding change. "For starters," the American Medical News reported, "physicians want the U.S. Office of Customs and Border Protection or another government agency to start paying for undocumented people that federal agents bring to local hospitals for care."

The government has yet to react to the physicians' call, but until that time, little will change in the way emergency health care is delivered. "Hospitals just keep doing what they've always done," says Feinwachs. "If someone comes in, they treat them."

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