we've been having heated - but not yet angry - discussions - page 4

regarding the provision of medical services to undocumented residents - illegal aliens. As students, we've had the opportunity this semester to have clinical experiences that include being with... Read More

  1. by   unknown99
    Quote from fergus51
    Illegal aliens as destroyers of the healthcare system is a red herring. There are a lot of ways to improve the health care system and decrease waste without denying care to illegals, we just don't want to deal with them cause it's easier to pretend it's unfixable and if the immigrants just stopped sucking the life out of the system we'd be ok.

    I always found the biggest wasters of the healthcare system were American born. The irony comes when you get an American woman on assistance (always has a nice manicure too) who takes an ambulance to the hospital to deliver when she could have taken a bus, demands we feed her whole family while she's there ("Jimmy, tell the nurse to get you a samich!") and wants to take home hospital supplies ("don't you have any more diapers I can take home? What do you mean I can buy my own?") and then complains about those illegals wasting resources. Good times...
    AMEN TO THAT!!!! You are so right!!!
  2. by   unknown99
    Quote from Cherish
    I think everyone has the right to care, be it the American w/ manicure, hair done that cost over $100 (all races!), and jewelry all over there hands, w/ 5 kids and on public assitance or the immigrant who works hard (would you do the work they do with there pay so their kids can have a better chance) or just using the government. EVERYONE deserves care regardless. I hope none of the nurses treat one patient better than the other one because their status. Remember your the patient advocate not the patients judge.

  3. by   kmchugh
    Fergus, your point about illegals being the sole problem with health care in the US is well taken. I have said before, and will say again, that our system has problems that have nothing to do with immigrants. I could, at length, discuss people with "$100 manicures, cigarettes, and designer lighters" and the abuse they heap onto the healthcare system as well, but that was not the aim of the thread. Yet there would still be other problems in our health care system that I would not have addressed. However, the OP started this out as a discussion about illegal immigrants and their use/abuse of our healthcare system. Hence, the direction of my reply.

    The fact is, whether it be healthcare, college educations, driver's licenses, or whatever, we are extending more rights to illegal immigrants than we citizens have. They have the right to free healthcare. They can walk into any hospital, demand treatment for any condition, and walk away, never paying a dime. And there isn't one thing anyone can currently do about it. Do I think we should deny them needed treatment? Of course not. However, when they have reached the point of stability such that they can be returned to where ever they came from to complete the treatment, that is what should happen. In short, a trip to the hospital for treatment means you are going home. Reporting of suspected illegals should be as required as it is to report suspected child abuse. Same holds true for illegals who appear to apply for a driver's license, food stamps, or any other service.

    Buh Bye.

    I know I sound harsh, but I just cannot help myself. I have seen these people get goods and services that my own kids will never be able to get. We must remember: No matter how nice they are, no matter how much they abide by the law, no matter how productive they are, these folks, by virtue of being here, are criminals. Period.

    Buh Bye.

    Kevin McHugh
  4. by   fergus51
    Kevin, I just don't see how they have more rights than an American. There are plenty of Americans demanding treatment and not paying for it. Your kids could when they grow up, but probably won't cause I don't believe you would raise them like that for a second or that they will wind up poor.

    My response comes from the fact that I think we simplify the illegal immigrant problem. Are they criminals? Sure. But why are they here? Cause some cheap a$$ ba$$tard wants to have people work for slave wages. It's like drugs. You don't jail every drug user, cause there is always another to take his place, you have to go to the dealers.

    Personally, I would rather deal with every bit of waste BEFORE I even entertain the notion of not providing care to anyone for any reason (and narcing on people in emerg would result in that).
  5. by   hogan4736
    It seems every fast food place (in Phoenix) has illegals working there.

    As well as the hotels you stay at, the hospitals you work at, and every other place...

    And they are here for a myriad of resons, not just work. Some have told me they come for the free health care, or some for just a better life...

    My problem is that they do it illegally...

    I love being the land of opportunity, I just want ALL immigrants to do it legally...

    Look at it this way:

    It would be ARROGANT for me to visit Mexico, show up at a clinic, and DEMAND someone talk to me in English...

    If you move here, do it legally, and assimilate!!!!!!!!!!

  6. by   hock1
    Abuse a daily occurance with caucasians? Maybe because they are the MAJORITY in this country at this time? I've been blessed to live in a diverse area, different religions and ethnicities. Cultural awareness is a mandatory class for alot of corporations in my area. I've seen all sorts of nasty things in my area, all races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds as perpertrators (spelling?). Most of the welfare, under 16 year old moms are non-caucasion. Doesn't mean that all non-caucasion are unmarried mothers, thirteen and on welfare abusing children and that whitey is perfect. It means that's the demographics of the area. Please remember that white people have feelings too. The majority of caucasions are not secretly hiding white hoods in our closets. No one group has it right yet; otherwise, when one is treated poorly people wouldn't group everybody in that persons race as a jerk. The problem isn't race. It's ignorance.
  7. by   unknown99
    Quote from vhope
    The problem isn't race. It's ignorance.
    You hit the nail on the head!!! That is probably the most insightful thing that
    has been said in this discussion so far.
    I have read all the replies to the OP, and made a few myself. I agree with a good part of them. But, I think that statement sums it up perfectly!!!
  8. by   zenman
    Posted by kmghugh: I'm sorry, but this makes no sense! Because you haven't had the opportunity to hear someone complain, we should raise our taxes to support them?
    What??? Reread what I said. The first sentence stands alone. The second is my experience in Mexico.

    July 22, 1946 World Health Organization comes into existence with a constitution that states: "The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition."
  9. by   zenman
    Posted by ThinkingAboutIt: Should we provide healthcare to foreign invaders? Isn't this question absurd on its face?
    My Indian ancestors wish you had been around to protect against those "foreign invaders!" At least Custer got shafted!
  10. by   angel337
    Quote from Speculating
    So we'll cut out the illegal aliens. Then the US citizens who can't afford insurance have to be next after all you have to be fair. Then of course the children who's parents can't afford insurance must be ousted next. Not all of use are lucky enough to get inexpensive insurance through our jobs. Trying to buy insurance outside of a job can run well into hundreds of dollars a month which is a bit much for minimum wage or less to handle. They are usually more consider about eating first. These folks don't seem to be bothering you when they are picking your strawberries, oranges, mowing your lawns and doing the other work you don't want to do yourself. The illegal aliens are only here because your giving them jobs. We keep taking about unemployment why isn't the unemployment offices forcing the unemployed citizens to do these jobs. Nobody is to blame but us. Most of all I've yet to not receive my hourly wage because I've taken care of an uninsured person. Usually these people are nice, quiet and thankful. Unlike some of the whining B!+@hing nurses I'd rather see deported.
    that was well said. i think americans can be the most ungrateful people. why? because alot of americans don't know what it is like to live in profound poverty. we feel we have the right to be choosy about jobs, where we live and so forth. there isn't anything wrong with that, but we need to respect these people that are willing to take jobs for more than 65% less than what we would work for. our government is well aware of the financial burden that illegal aliens pose and if they wanted to do something about it they would.
  11. by   Energizer Bunny
    okay, here it goes. i hope i can remember everything i was thinking that i wanted to say while reading this thread.

    first of all, i agree with giving good, quality healthcare to everyone. but, i also agree that we need to worry about our own people first! something needs to be done to take care of us and not worry about everyone else in the world until we are taken care of.

    that said, one person mentioned how if you don't have medical insurance through work it can cost you hundreds a month. well, my husband has good health insurance through work and it still costs us approx. $400 a month out of his paycheck. so, we are still paying as much and sometimes more than those who don't have insurance through work. it's insanity! (and i think, well then what's so great about working where he does?)

    and to this:
    "it is frustrating to see people who are not citizens and who do not have jobs receiving free care while many people with insurance avoid going to the doctor because they don't have the $15 for the copay."
    i say amen!

    i also agree with the person that said that not reporting illegal aliens is basically the same as not reporting child abuse. i would be appalled if someone didn't report child abuse and i am appalled that nurses are unable to report illegal aliens because of privacy laws.

    how about the folks who come for a "visit", fly in first class, have their babies through public healthcare funding, and fly home with a brand new us citizen?
    disgusting but i believe it happens, that's for sure.

    i also agree with this:
    i always found the biggest wasters of the healthcare system were american born. the irony comes when you get an american woman on assistance (always has a nice manicure too) who takes an ambulance to the hospital to deliver when she could have taken a bus, demands we feed her whole family while she's there ("jimmy, tell the nurse to get you a samich!") and wants to take home hospital supplies ("don't you have any more diapers i can take home? what do you mean i can buy my own?") and then complains about those illegals wasting resources. good times...
    if you cannot afford healthcare, don't be out spending your money on frivilous things! it really doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out. in my house, we go without a whole heck of a lot of things because of our co-pays from all the medical procedures, dr. visits, etc. i cut mine and piper's hair, i do my own nails, i quit smoking (most of the time, unless i bum one from the lady upstairs), you get the idea......

    and finally:
    i am also incensed to see people on ssd and receiving public $$$ who do not need to be there, but know how to 'work the system' to get to the $$. they choose not to work and prefer to take. our system rewards those who do not want to work for their keep.
    i was in the public assistance office the other day applying for food stamps for my family (and yes, my husband does work and we would actually be paying out more in childcare than what we make if i worked so we'd still get food stamps) and there were women there on their fifth and sixth child. they were actually discussing about how many fathers they had for their children and bragging about it. i am disgusted. here we are a family of five, barely making it (and just skimmed by to get the minumum of food stamps) and this person is there bragging about how many children they have with how many people and how they had to give some up because they knew they couldn't support them. then, there were a couple of young, pregnant women there and this "lady" had the nerve to say she wanted more children. i just don't get it. i have seen people repeatedly abuse the system and because they do, someone who really needs it is unable to qualify for help.

    okay, i think i am done with my tirade! i just got thrown completely out of whack when i read this thread.
  12. by   NursesRmofun
    Quote from buddha
    i admit i have never treated an illegal in ltc. i have treated an elderly people whom were basicaly abandoned in my facility, whom our home was eating the cost of their stay. we would purchase out of our own pockets whatever that person needed, without question. i just feel that their needs to be a better way. i bet if you went to mexico or any other country we wouldn't get the same treatment we give here. yes i believe in america and all it's ideals and treat all my patients with respect ,but i feel chairty begins at home to our people.
    [font=franklin gothic medium]you make some good points. we (in this country) cannot afford to rebuild other countries, take in their poor, give up our jobs to them. we have too many of our citizens that need help. i know it isn't a*popular* idea, but i agree with someone who said earlier that we need to close our borders. i don't think many other countries would be helping us if we stepped off a plane and held our hand out. jmho.
  13. by   DietCokeAddict
    Quote from kmchugh
    Nice. I have reflected on this question quite a bit. I don't happen to agree with you. In your mind, my disagreement means I should quit being a nurse. And if I don't want to quit, the healthcare police should take away my license.

    Reply by sagarcia210:

    I believe you missed my point, but maybe I didn't make myself clear. I did not mean that if you disagree you should not be a nurse. What I meant, is that if one would deny healthcare/help based solely on the fact that the person was undocumented/illegal, then maybe that person should step down and let someone else help that person.

    Following are some very good points taken from a website that deals with hispanic issues:
    SAN FRANCISCO January 11, 2004 (NYTimes)-Imagine America without undocumented immigrants, the people who flip the burgers, clean the toilets, watch the kids and send their children to public schools.

    Would the grass be greener?

    The Pew Hispanic Center estimated in 2001 that the unauthorized labor force in the United States totaled 5.3 million workers, including 700,000 restaurant workers, 250,000 household employees and 620,000 construction workers. In addition, about 1.2 million of the 2.5 million wage-earning farm workers live here undocumentedly, according to a study by Philip L. Martin, a professor at the University of California at Davis who studies immigration and farm labor.

    That is a whole lot of cheap labor.

    Without it, fruit and vegetables would rot in fields. Toddlers in Manhattan would be without nannies. Towels at hotels in states like Florida, Texas and California would go unlaundered. Commuters at airports from Miami to Newark would be stranded as taxi cabs sat driverless. Home improvement projects across the Sun Belt would grind to a halt. And bedpans and lunch trays at nursing homes in Chicago, New York, Houston and Los Angeles would go uncollected.

    While hospitals and clinics in Los Angeles County, for example, bear huge health care costs associated with uninsured undocumented immigrants - one study put the total at $340 million in 2002 - the federal government enjoys a "bonanza" from many of the same immigrants who pay federal taxes but receive no benefits in return, Mr. Yzaguirre said.

    Mr. Yzaguirre suggested that Social Security would go broke without the payments of undocumented workers, many of whom, contrary to popular perception, do have regular payroll taxes deducted from their paychecks by employers. (In some instances, undocumented workers use false Social Security numbers, while others have valid numbers from when they had worked legally.)

    Mr. Yzaguirre also rejected suggestions that Americans would maintain their standard of living without the low-wage contributions of those workers. He agreed with Professor Borjas that some Americans would enjoy fatter paychecks, but he said all Americans would be punished by having to pay more for everything from a McDonald's hamburger to a new house.

    In a 2002 study conducted with the cooperation of immigrant rights organizations, researchers at the Center for Urban Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago concluded that the 300,000 or so undocumented immigrants in Chicago did not use government benefits at a substantial rate. The study also estimated that 70 percent of the undocumented workers paid payroll taxes, like Social Security and unemployment insurance. The researchers calculated other economic benefits, finding that consumer spending by undocumented migrants generated more than 31,000 jobs and contributed $5.34 billion annually to the gross regional product in Chicago.
    The key phase in this article is, "In a 2002 study conducted with the cooperation of immigrant rights organizations..". Gee, I wonder why it took a positive view of illegal immigrants. Sounds like garbage research to me! These people are competing for jobs. They are willing to work for pennies, and there is someone there to exploit them (businesses). What happened to the minimum wage laws? What is the cost of them raising thier children in the US in poverty? Don't you think all those children who are citizens will have to be educated, provided with health care, etc.? Do you think that someone earning $1/hour will pay for it?

    What happens is that they drive down wages for the unskilled labor in this country, and the people who perform unskilled labor end up in trailor homes. But a few businesses do get rich because they are breaking the law by hiring illegals. And what will happen to this "BIG WINFALL" from illegal immigration once these 10 million immigrants are all granted citizenship? They all get unemployment, social security, etc.? That "BIG WINFALL" is now a "HUGE DEBT"!