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Lone Hospital in Yuma, AZ, Crumbling After Spending $20 Million Taking Care of Migrants

Lone Hospital in Yuma, AZ, Crumbling After Spending $20 Million Taking Care of Migrants

Yuma Regional Medical Center, the small Arizona city’s only hospital, is strained after spending $20 million taking care of migrants who came across the border in only six months.

The hospital only has 406 beds.

Dr. Robert Transchel, the hospital’s president and CEO, detailed the problems on Fox & Friends Weekend. The hospital has not received any help from the state or the federal government. He’s contacted DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who has not done anything for him:

“It’s been a long journey,” he said. “We’ve been at this for well over a year now. We tracked our uncompensated care for a period of over six months, and we calculated that we’ve provided over $20 million in uncompensated care to the migrants crossing the border.”

“We just don’t have a payer source. Everybody is sympathetic, and everybody lends a listening ear, but nobody has a solution,” he said.

“We’ve provided $20 million in care to the migrants that are crossing the border and we just don’t have a payer source for those individuals. It’s not a sustainable model to have these continued rising expenses without a revenue source to offset that,” he added.

Trenschel also said it’s unfair to the residents. Some of them had their care delayed because the hospital had too many migrants to take care of:

“It’s unfair to residents of our community, too, because we’re providing free care to these individuals,” Trenschel said. “The residents of our community don’t get free care.”

He also told Fox News his facility’s maternity unit has reached capacity since the largest number of migrant patients requiring care are pregnant. The next closest hospital — 62 miles away — recently stopped providing labor and delivery services.

“We would have to delay some of the planned inductions for our residents because of that,” Trenschel said. “Our residents have had to suffer through that.”

It’s obvious Trenschel doesn’t want the hospital to stop taking care of anyone, legal or illegal.

Trenschel noted that the migrants “take at least three times the number of human resources to resolve their cases and get them a safe discharge as a regular patient in our hospital” since many of them have “serious illnesses that require extensive care.”


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“We just don’t have a payer source. Everybody is sympathetic, and everybody lends a listening ear, but nobody has a solution,” he said.”

The Democrat version of Hopes and Prayers.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | February 6, 2023 at 5:42 pm

    And, what would the Republican version be? Wishes and words mean nothing. Those folks need help.

      I read an article the other day citing a poll (Gallup?) indicating there are 3/4 of a Billion people around the world who want to migrate to the US.

      Yep, They do. Help getting back across the border to Mexico. If they’re not from Mexico- send them there anyway since that’s the border they illegally crossed. Unless Mexico wants to declare themselves a failed state- they’re required by international laws and treaties to take in refugees. Not facilitate their travel here.

      Build the damn wall. Vigorous interior enforcement. Repeal the requirements to treat all comers to any hospital and reserve that for Citizens or those sponsored by a Citizen who assumes responsibility for payment.

      Charity Hospitals could be built, staffed and maintained by the private philanthropy of those who disagree. Somehow I doubt those who say they disagree feel the depth of commitment to personally fund charity hospitals in large numbers.

      henrybowman in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | February 7, 2023 at 2:00 am

      Republican version:

      “Illegal aliens bring crime, drugs, human trafficking and deplete resources meant for American citizens. In Yuma, illegal aliens have flooded our community in search of “free” healthcare for over a year, overwhelming the Yuma Medical Center.

      While Joe Biden turns a blind eye to the consequences of his disastrous open border policies, Yuma is ground zero and our only medical center is in a financial crisis forcing some local residents, including pregnant mothers, to be turned away.

      The only solution is to seal the border and deport all illegal aliens,” concluded Congressman Gosar.

      This is something only Biden can do. Biden has been flouting existing federal law for years.

      FrankJNatoli in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | February 7, 2023 at 9:15 am

      Well, this Republican would first of all fully recompense private institutions, i.e., hospitals and doctors, who are compelled by law to treat emergency indigents.
      And then, when the tax expense tidal becomes clear, attack the problem at its source.

      Cut off all foreign aid. Use that money to take care of citizens first, and repatriate the illegal aliens.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to henrybowman. | February 7, 2023 at 3:17 pm

    So, passing a law that says: “Universal health care for all!” doesn’t make it so?

    It’s like doing stuff takes — er — doing stuff, and that’s constrained by physics. BUT, we know better. Did not The Lightbringer command that, like the lowering of the waters, health of the climate, healing of the planet?

Congress and the White House can’t see Yuma from D.C…. thus it doesn’t exist.

The payer source is the American

This happened up in
Fort Worth, the hospitals were full of immigrant children
And American children were turned away and had to go
60-100 miles away to get care

Absolutely insane.

I think all these aliens need to go to government hospitals… period.

    CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | February 6, 2023 at 6:03 pm

    What do you define as a govt hospital?

      gonzotx in reply to CommoChief. | February 6, 2023 at 6:18 pm

      Government Hospital means any hospital under governmental control whether federal, state, county or city. It includes Veterans Administration hospitals.

      A public hospital, or government hospital, is a hospital which is government owned and is fully funded by the government and operates solely off the money that is collected from taxpayers to fund healthcare initiatives.
      About 200 hospitals are operated by the federal government in the United States. These hospitals provide care for routine medical and surgical problems for specific patient populations, such as active military personnel.Sep 11, 2018

        paracelsus in reply to gonzotx. | February 6, 2023 at 7:14 pm

        and how exacctly is this going to help – hospitals have just so many beds and so much staff – whether it’s a fed or a state hospital, you’re gong to pay for “alien care”
        Personally I think it should come out of the Biden (and Obama and Clinton + I can think of several Republicans, as well) family’s pocket

        healthguyfsu in reply to gonzotx. | February 6, 2023 at 7:44 pm

        Private hospitals can tell them to pound sand. The hospitals that have taken these people in are public hospitals that receive government money.

        The problem is that US citizens, including taxpayers, also make use of these hospitals by necessity due to insurance coverage and proximity.

          henrybowman in reply to healthguyfsu. | February 7, 2023 at 5:01 pm

          Ugh. I don’t think it’s that easy. Hospitals have the same “Hillsdale Problem” that universities do. Do you treat Medicare patients, veterans, government employees? Well then, say hello to my leetle fren, DHS.

        CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | February 6, 2023 at 8:37 pm

        What’s the point though of specifically directing these illegals to ‘govt’ hospitals which using your definition are VA Hospitals and Military Hospitals? The patient population of these facilities is already underserved at best and in many cases ill served.

        I don’t understand why you would want to deliberately create more barriers to care for Veterans, AD service members and their families which would be a direct result of your proposal.

Can you
Imagine going over to mexico as an illegal, demanding free healthcare?

    paracelsus in reply to gonzotx. | February 6, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    started to imagine and now I can’t stop laughing

    henrybowman in reply to gonzotx. | February 7, 2023 at 2:04 am

    Frankly? In real life? You don’t have to. You go over to Mexico as a day tourist, and receive good-quality healthcare at a fraction of what it costs you in the US. My uninsured neighbors here do it regularly, especially for dental work (for which more people are likely to be uninsured, including seniors on Medicare).

      BiteYourTongue in reply to henrybowman. | February 7, 2023 at 4:56 pm

      I went to Mexico one time for some deep root cleaning, as friends at the time recommended it. Never again, By the time I paid for a rush passport, and the so-called care I received I could have paid in the States and been better served. At that time, I was suppose to have a 10:00 am appointment, I didn’t get out of there until 6:00 pm. I left with my face totally swollen and having had a deep rot cleaning in the past in the USA. What I got in Mexico was pure torture.

        henrybowman in reply to BiteYourTongue. | February 7, 2023 at 5:04 pm

        Buying healthcare from Mexico is a lot like buying Chinese knockoffs from Amazon. It’s a crapshoot. The average payoff is substantial enough that the offerings stay marketable. But your individual experience is subject to a much wider bell curve.

They are Illegal Aliens not “migrants”. Language matters.

I’ve run into this with the local hospital on the east coast. Needed the emergency room for a work related accident and had to stand near a window as it was over crowded with illegal’s. Took 3hrs to see a doctor.

A border wall would have prevented much of this.

    True, but Trump had 4 years, and he never built the border wall, even though it was a signature campaign promise of his.

      diver64 in reply to JR. | February 7, 2023 at 5:04 am

      He tried very hard to get it done but it takes time to wade through lawsuits. He was well on his way, finally, towards the end of his Administration and would have gotten it done during the second.

      SDN in reply to JR. | February 7, 2023 at 6:32 am

      Pop quiz: Who appropriates funds for wall building? Executive or legislative.

      Now go talk to Vichy Mitchy, RINO Ryan, etc.

        CommoChief in reply to SDN. | February 7, 2023 at 10:29 am

        Who has a veto power to reject a budget without funding for their central campaign promise? Every President. Which recent President didn’t choose to utilize this power?

        henrybowman in reply to SDN. | February 7, 2023 at 5:05 pm

        Who also promised to get the funding from a… third party government?

That’s OK.
Arizona elected a Democrat governor, because they want more of this.

The solution is simple. Just double or triple the cost for Americans with insurance. Problem solved. You’re welcome.

    Barry, is that you?

    hosspuller in reply to LeftWingLock. | February 6, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    LWL … This has already happened. Regional hospital I worked at had three classes of patients. Medicare (old people with age related conditions), Their care was priced by the Gov’t. regardless of actual costs. Next was Medicaid and indigent care. These paid even less than Medicare. Finally, the rest was self pay and insured. Guess whose rates had to make up the cost difference of the previous two thirds of patients.

      henrybowman in reply to hosspuller. | February 7, 2023 at 2:06 am

      We’ve already had at least one hospital crater, in the Douglas area, from the burden of unreimbursed care of illegals. And that was “way” back in the Obama era.

All part of the plan, and right on schedule.

Food shortages coming next!

This is the hospital’s administrations own fault. Let them fix it.

    henrybowman in reply to kjon. | February 7, 2023 at 5:13 pm

    Why do you say this? The law says they have to handle these patients regardless of reimbursement.

A real Cloward and Piven success story! These enemy aliens were brought over (using our tax money, btw) to help collapse our systems. I guess this hospital didn’t make enough on the Covid-labeled deaths to sustain themselves curing the onslaught. The Epoch TV video by Josh Phillip about 2 months ago is one of the best at explaining it all.

A moral argument can be made for some welfare state, including medical care for the indigent.
No argument, of any kind, can be made to compel private entities, separate from common taxation, to fund the welfare state, which is exactly what hospitals and doctors are compelled by law to do.

    henrybowman in reply to FrankJNatoli. | February 7, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    No moral argument can be made for a welfare state.
    If a majority of Americans truly believe such funding should be made available, then given the existence of more efficient private charities, it is unnecessary.
    If a majority of Americans don’t so believe, then it is undemocratic.
    Either way, it’s not a delegated power of the government, and not a moral use of force.

Yet Milton Friedman said with a straight face that yes, illegals do partake in services and other benefits, but they serve a net good for the economy. I read that NYT opinion piece and shook my head.

    henrybowman in reply to SeiteiSouther. | February 7, 2023 at 5:19 pm

    The problem with certain libertarian arguments is that they are often made in the context of “all other things being libertarian.” In that context, they are true. In the context of a country thst also suffers from an out-of-control welfare state, they are absolutely false. The welfare state needs to be reversed first, and there’s no sign that will ever be possible short of our total collapse and reboot.

Actually, it’s not the only hospital as within the past year Yuma recently got another hospital, though it doesn’t have an OB. Plus YRMC has a, shall we say, mixed reputation in the community. Still, what’s said is pretty spot on. Yuma has been slammed for a long time, though we don’t have the profile of El Paso. Most of the CBP agents I know are strained and struggling with the crazy they’re dealing with.

the potato of the United States says everything great, except for MAGA republicans so i think Dr. Robert Transchel is a lying pony face soldier

Call them what they are, illegal aliens, and they will kill healthcare. We see it in San Diego, which will become more apparent as they spread throughout the country. If you have to go to the emergency room, good luck!