fewer than 10 percent of Mexicans living in the U.S. legally or illegally for less than a decade visited an emergency room in the past yearHowever:
Among those living in the U.S. for more than a decade legally or illegally, nearly 14 percent visited an emergency room during the past year
Dr. Todd Taylor, an emergency physician at Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, said he thinks the study was conducted improperly because it excludes people younger than 18, a large segment of the legal and illegal populations that use emergency rooms.The article also has the thoughts of an apologist:
"Of the 3.9 million Mexican-headed households, almost 70 percent include immigrants under 18," he said. "If a proper analysis were done, I think what you're going to find is the Mexican immigrant population [emergency-room use] is fairly close [to that of U.S. citizens and Mexican-Americans as] other studies have shown."
"I think [illegal aliens burdening the healthcare system is] a myth," said Michael Freedman, outreach medical director at Anne Arundel Medical Center's Annapolis Outreach Center. "For the most part, people that are coming over here, particularly illegally, have a pretty arduous trip to get into this country, and by nature of that trip have to be a pretty healthy person."Now, what does that remind you of? It vaguely reminds me of this. While hardly an exact match, there are enough parallels that Dr. Freedman might want to think about this whole subject in a bit more depth.
Immigration2005b · Fri, 11/11/2005 - 00:34 · Importance: 1