Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Illegal Immigrants in U.S. Look to U.S. for Health Care

Undocumented patients wary of offers to return to home countries
By Madison Park
CNN


"Going back to Mexico is not an option, said the 43-year-old man, kneeling next to his wife's wheelchair.  His wife, 45, lost her eyesight to diabetes. She also has high blood pressure. And her kidneys are failing.


For years, he has taken her to a dialysis clinic attached to a public hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. The facility that gave her free care plans to close Saturday.
They are illegal immigrants with no health insurance and, they say they have nowhere to go for his wife's vast medical needs. The closing clinic offered to help return them to Mexico.
The Atlanta clinic is the latest known case of a medical institution that's offering to send illegal immigrants who can't afford treatment back to their native countries -- a practice that critics liken to patient dumping."
http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/09/22/illegal.immigrants.healthcare/index.html

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