In Arizona, immigrants are sent back to their country of origin. The hospitals make the arrangements to send the patient back to Mexico or where ever they are citizens. Arizona hospitals have sent 42 patients this year back to Mexico. Even some who are residing legally are returned if there are no provisions to handle the medical expense. One resident had lived in Arizona for over 20 years and paid taxes and was also returned to Mexico. BD
We are continuing to transfer patients who do not have coverage and can receive long-term care in their home country," spokeswoman Suzanne Pfister said. "That has continued. Even in the last couple of weeks there have been a number of transfers." St. Joseph's spent more than $64 million on charity care and community-benefit services last year alone. It transfers nearly 80 patients a year to out-of-state facilities at costs that sometimes exceed $1 million. And although the majority of the patients are returned to Latin American countries, some are sent as far as China. The hospital sent a respirator in the ambulance as a gift to the Mexican facility. Earlier this month, La Voz polled hospitals in New Mexico, Nevada and Los Angeles to learn whether they transported patients out of the country. The answer was "no."