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Some Illegals Don’t Get Free Dialysis!

From a tear soaked New York Times:

For Ailing Illegal Immigrants, No Relief Back Home

By KEVIN SACK

January 1, 2010

EJIDO MODELO, Mexico — … A decade after crossing illegally into the United States, Ms. Chavarria returned home in September after learning that Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta was closing the clinic that had provided her with dialysis, at taxpayer expense, for more than a year.

Grady, a struggling charity hospital, had been absorbing multimillion-dollar losses for years because the dialysis clinic primarily served illegal immigrants who were not eligible for government insurance programs.

Hospital officials decided the losses were threatening Grady’s broader mission of serving the region’s indigent population. But before closing the clinic on Oct. 4, they offered to pay to relocate patients to their home countries or other states, and to provide dialysis for three transitional months.

Ms. Chavarria, 34, left quickly with her 8-year-old son, Jose Andres, an American citizen who had never been to Mexico. But she has not found a solution there. Her free treatments have run out, and she can now afford dialysis only by poaching the savings her family has set aside for a transplant.

Her husband, Roberto Barajas, 37, and their 14-year-old son, Eduardo, remained in Georgia so Mr. Barajas could keep working and wire money home for her care

Like other patients repatriated by Grady this fall, Ms. Chavarria gambled that her chances would be better at home. The costs of dialysis and a possible kidney transplant would be considerably lower in Mexico, and she had three siblings there willing to donate an organ.

But it has not worked out that way.

On Dec. 22, she exhausted the 30 free dialysis sessions that Grady had provided at a gleaming private clinic in Guadalajara. On her doctor’s advice, she had been stretching out the treatments, which filter toxins from the blood, by going two times a week instead of the recommended three…

Now Ms. Chavarria is dipping into money that Mr. Barajas and other relatives have raised in East Point, which has long been a destination for migrants from Ejido Modelo. They have held raffles and charity soccer tournaments, and placed gold-wrapped donation boxes at taquerias and stores.

The fund-raising proceeds — about $11,000, according to Mr. Barajas — had been earmarked to defray the $20,000 cost of a transplant. So it is a setback each time Ms. Chavarria has to withdraw $100 for a dialysis treatment.

Ms. [sic] Chavarria nor her husband, nor her family cannot afford $200 a week for dialysis?

And, note, her free treatments only ran out December 22nd.

Everywhere, it seems, there are roadblocks to affordable care. The dialysis unit at Guadalajara’s public hospital, which offers heavily discounted prices to the uninsured, has a waiting list that extends for months. Ms. Chavarria is not eligible for the insurance plan known here as Social Security, which is limited to salaried workers. The country’s five-year-old health program for the uninsured, Seguro Popular, does not cover end-stage renal disease.

On top of the cost, the preparations for a kidney transplant can take months. Ms. Chavarria’s brother, Roberto, her first volunteer, recently learned that his own kidneys might not be functioning properly, possibly ruling him out…

“To have end-stage renal disease in Mexico is a tragedy,” said Dr. Guillermo Garcia-Garcia, the lead author of the study. “If you don’t have Social Security, if you don’t have private insurance, you are condemned to die.”

The health care dichotomy in Mexico is stark. At Guadalajara’s Hospital Civil, the teeming public hospital where Dr. Garcia is chief of nephrology, the dialysis unit runs eight stations around the clock, and meets barely half the demand. Doctors there said they see uninsured patients die every week for lack of dialysis. By contrast, the private clinic for the insured where Ms. Chavarria received her Grady-sponsored treatments is operating at one-fourth of its capacity

Isn’t that a terrible social injustice?

Surely, the Grady center should just continue to spend millions of taxpayer dollars as long as anyone is suffering from lack of dialysis anywhere in the world.

[Ms. Chavarria] knows that she may never be strong enough to cross the border again and that her continued treatment may depend on her husband’s ability to earn $11 an hour in Georgia, rather than $12 a day here as a farmhand.

Mr. Chavarria would only have to work for 18 hours to pay for his wife’s $200 a week treatment.

There are an estimated seven million illegal immigrants in the United States who have no medical coverage. New research shows there may be 5,500 with end-stage renal disease alone. The health care bills in Congress do not address the problem, leaving public hospitals like Grady to treat the immigrants with an ever-fraying safety net

Of course these numbers are grossly lowly. But they beg the question, why should taxpayers pay to treat uninsured illegal aliens who are taking away their jobs?

Needless to say this is all soon to be mooted. Since Mr. Obama will ram through amnesty in time to register the new citizens for the November mid-term elections.

And the price of Obama-care will go through the roof, while the quality of care will go through the floor. And of course the wait for dialysis machines will be just as long or longer than the wait in Mexico.

But then we will have social justice.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, January 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Some Illegals Don’t Get Free Dialysis!”

  1. wardmama4

    So let me get this right – 10 years here as an illegal alien (hmm, where was all that money they were making going during those 10 years?!?) and for a year draining tax payer dollars for an expensive treatment that was no longer going to an American citizen – and now stuck in Mexico without the resources (although as pointed out some how the hubby might (perhaps get rid of that nice cell phone) be able to send her the $200 for her treatments. Although, if we think hard about this – had she and hubby stayed in Mexico might not she already be deceased and not even had had her life extended (on the American taxpayers dime) for the past year?

    And why should I care at all about a criminal who chooses to break our laws to be here illegally and (apparently) doing nothing to become a citizen (10 years, yes many people can and do become citizens in that amount of time)?

    I’m glad that she was deported and only wish that her other half were too.

    Then America would not half the healthcare ‘crisis’ that it does.

    • Steve

      “I’m glad that she was deported and only wish that her other half were too.”

      Well, she wasn’t actually deported. We taxpayers paid her travel expenses back to her home town — and three month of more “free” dialysis.

      But yes, one does wonder what happened to the money they save with two jobs and paying now taxes for ten years?

      Also, where is the New York Times’ sympathy for the US citizens who no longer have access to this dialysis clinic because it was swamped by illegal aliens.

      Somehow The Times neglected to mention them.

  2. proreason

    Soon dialysis will be free and America will start saving big bucks because Universal Health Care will transform the economy.

  3. Confucius

    A few points and questions:

    (1) The U.S. was giving Ms. Chavarria free dialysis 3x/week. In contrast, Mexico is charging her $100/dialysis and rationing it to 2x/week . So, if we decided to finally charge and ration care for illegals, would the New York Times like us then?

    (2) Ms. Chavarria has a health savings account with approximately $11,000. So what’s with all the belly-aching? And how about a “gracias”?

    (3) If Ms. Chavarria gets a kidney transplant, she’s going to need a lifetime of care, testing and drugs. How is she going to pay for it?

    (4) Ms. Chavarria took one child with her to Mexico and left behind the other with her husband in the U.S. She is terminally ill; he is not. Why is Ms. Chavarria so reckless with her own children?

    (5) And what’s with the “Ms.”? Isn’t she a “Senora”?

  4. Move up to California. It is a Sanctuary State or better yet, move to San Francisco and give Barbara Boxer or Nancy Pelosi a call.

  5. irvpost

    My mother just died from complications of Diabetes and kidney failure in Tennessee. They built a new dialysis clinic with 14 stations. Within 3 years my mother who was covered by insurance as well as paying $8k per year was being displaced by illegals that were getting dialyzed on the taxpayer dime and because they had to rely on public transportation and required a fixed schedule, her schedule kept getting moved around. She eventually had a kidney transplant and the Gengraf anti rejection drug costs $300 per week not to mention the Prednazone and the plethoria of stuff they will have to take. I do not have the answer but my mothers life was shortened due to this problem. But if Cuba has such great health care then possible we could simply send them all to Cuba. All these left wingnuts seem to hold it up as some kind of model or something.

    • canary

      irvpost, I am sorry for this loss. Did you try any avenue of complaint, like calling your Senator or Congressman’s office?

      As far as Cuba, a woman I know that became to political (a real red, white, & blue Republican that was so proud of America) told of Cuba’s health care, that in Cuba to get asprin, you would have to go to clinic everday for hours to get one. As in no bottle. She said would open shops for visitors, but they weren’t allowed even then.
      I heard a man on FOX news explain why soon we’d be taxed 40% for simple cold remedies, pain relievers, vitamins and over-the counter items. Not sure, but I think he said it would be cheaper to go to doctor and have these simple items prescribe

  6. lunaticcringeradio

    wow i wonder, since i was born and grew up in east point, i wonder if i got sick if grady would take me in for so much charity treatment. i doubt it, there are so many reasons they would find to prevent me from having any assistance. fyi grady is a crap hole hospital, but if you get in a gang related shootout and take on some lead by some “misfortune” (because when bad things happen to people behaving badly it’s not their fault, it’s evil conservatives that make life too difficult for them to aspire while keepin it real with their uneducated thug lifestyle) grady is the hospital to go to, they are the gsw(gun shot wound) experts.

  7. NY Times Publicizes a Four-Person March in Support of Illegal Immigrants:

    A “march” from Miami to Washington on behalf of illegal immigrants consisting of a grand total of four marchers somehow merited a 780-word New York Times article by reliably pro-amnesty reporter Julia Preston, “To Overhaul Immigration, Advocates Alter Tactics.”

    By contrast, a massive anti-Obama rally that attracted over 100,000 people to the Capitol on September 12 resulted in virtually the same level of print coverage in the Times: A 932-word article.

    The text box to Preston’s story on Saturday read: “Hoping that a four-person walk will resonate in a way mass marches did not.” That lack of resonance was not through any fault of Times reporters like Preston who mainstreamed the marches and portrayed them in a positive light.

    Preston certainly embraced the self-serving melodrama of the protesters:

    Lacing up new pairs of walking shoes with a flourish, four immigrant students set out on foot from downtown Miami on Friday, starting a four-month walk to Washington to protest what they called the Obama administration’s lack of action on legislation granting legal status to illegal immigrants.

    Three of the four protesters, who are current or former students at Miami Dade College, do not have legal-resident status and risk detention by immigration authorities during the 1,500-mile walk.

    The protesters must not have felt too much risk, given that all four (!) were identified by photo and name in the story.

    The students’ trek showed the resolve and also some limitations of groups supporting an immigration overhaul that would include measures to legalize illegal immigrants. Those groups said this week that they would start a national campaign in January to pressure President Obama to push for the overhaul before midterm elections in November.

    But as immigration enforcement has continued at a steady pace during the first year of the Obama administration, many illegal immigrants are clinging to jobs and families in this country and may be afraid to participate in public demonstrations. With unemployment holding at 10 percent, immigrant advocates acknowledge that their campaign could awaken passionate opposition in Congress and around the country.

    Preston got to a single opponent of amnesty in her very last paragraph:

    “Allowing millions of illegal immigrants to stay and take jobs away from citizens and legal immigrants is like giving a burglar a key to the house,” said Representative Lamar Smith of Texas, the senior Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.


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