A hospital in Yuma, Arizona, is owed $20 million for medical services provided to illegal immigrants.
“We’ve calculated that over a six-month period, from December 2021 to May 2022, we had $20 million in charges that we’re unable to bill anyone for, for services we provided to migrants alone,” Dr. Robert Trenschel, president and CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center, told The Daily Signal during a phone interview Wednesday.
Yuma Regional Medical Center, about 185 miles southwest of Phoenix, has a large hospital with 406 beds, but “we’re the only one here,” Trenschel said.
“We’ve been up to 125% capacity in our maternity unit and have had to delayed planned inductions for people in our community because we’ve been inundated with migrant pregnancies,” the physician said. “And we don’t have the staff, we don’t have the physicians, we don’t have the space to accommodate the volume in some of those situations.”
Trenschel says his staff provides the same quality of medical care to everyone, no matter who they are, but it is “unsustainable” for his hospital to continue treating illegal aliens without receiving payment.
Five to 10 illegal aliens come into the emergency department at Yuma Regional Medical Center each day, the CEO said, adding that medical treatments range from dialysis to cardiac surgery.