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Old 04-10-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Glad to see at least some of the historic old facility will be used!
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Nope. It's a longstanding federal law that if people show up in need of urgent care they get it no matter what.
It's infuriating isn't it...the northern suburban counties refuse to build the proper facitilites because they shove their indigent off on Dallas, and us the taxpayers.

Maybe we should collectively sue Collin County.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:42 PM
 
Location: Dallas,Texas
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Glad to see at least some of the historic old facility will be used!
I don't think Parkland is a historic structure. The only part that will be used is the 80s portion of the building.
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Yankee loves Dallas
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I'm curious what legal grounds Parkland would have to compel Collin County to pay for its freeloaders. It seems so unfair. Is ObamaCare going to affect this at all?

Speaking of unfair, there's something not quite right about immigrating to a new country, then immediately taking advantage of its welfare/charity dollars, as suggested in the examples cited in these articles:

http://healthlawblog.blogspot.com/pa...wing_tired.pdf
Parkland plays hardball

"Officials say the first patients who have been prosecuted share common backgrounds – most of them are middle-class, small business owners from Middle Eastern countries. They live in neighboring counties but claimed to live in Dallas County, sometimes using a business address as a home address. Several of the defendants are related or know each other, and investigators said they learned from their ethnic communities how to get into Parkland without paying."


Theoretically the "public charge" provision of immigration laws is supposed to take care of that issue, but Jeff Sessions is the only person in Washington who seems to care.

USDA/Mexican consulates to immigrants: Don't worry, food stamps won't affect citizenship chances | The Daily Caller
Non-citizens on food stamps: Sen. Sessions wants answers | The Daily Caller



What's going to be the combined impact of immigration reform and health care reform on Parkland's fiscal picture? It seems like that would be an important issue to cover.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/ny...er=rss&emc=rss
Hospitals may absorb $26 million annually in care for undocumented : Ventura County Star
L.A. Emergency Rooms Full of Illegal Immigrants | Fox News
$35 million in emergency healthcare spent on illegal aliens in Massachusetts alone - National Immigration Reform | Examiner.com
Illegal aliens cost California hospitals more than $1 billion annually - National Immigration Reform | Examiner.com
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Old 04-10-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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I'm not a Dallas County resident, but say that someone in another county is in a serious car accident and the first responders can't find any proof of health insurance. Don't they automatically send that person to Parkland? Is that how it works?
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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I'm not a Dallas County resident, but say that someone in another county is in a serious car accident and the first responders can't find any proof of health insurance. Don't they automatically send that person to Parkland? Is that how it works?
Yes because it's one of only a few level 1 trauma centers in North Texas.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:01 AM
 
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Yes because it's one of only a few level 1 trauma centers in North Texas.
This. It has nothing to do with insurance. That is why the Miami cop who was stabbed by the inmate they were transporting in Grapevine was taken to Parkland even though Baylor Grapevine was almost within walking distance.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Frisco, TX
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This. It has nothing to do with insurance. That is why the Miami cop who was stabbed by the inmate they were transporting in Grapevine was taken to Parkland even though Baylor Grapevine was almost within walking distance.
So if someone is in a moderate car wreck, maybe requires immediate surgery but will survive, they will be taken to a local hospital even if they have no insurance?

I'm just curious because my step-brother was in a major car accident several years ago, and he was taken to Parkland instead of one of the local hospitals (he lives in Wylie). When he got to Parkland my parents were notified and the billing people at Parkland immediately asked if he had insurance because they couldn't find any ID cards on him (he did have insurance). I wasn't sure if he was taken there because of the seriousness of the accident or because they didn't know if he was insured.

The one time I went to Parkland it was definitely...interesting. I spent a lot more time than I ever wanted to at Plano Medical Center and those two are so far apart it's not even funny. At Parkland there was no waiting room for family of those in ICU, so we had to sit in the hallways. The waiting rooms were all full of people coming into the ER with the flu, broken bones, etc. One of the nurse's even gave us her code to use the locked employee bathroom because my mother was approached by a woman in the bathroom who tried to take her purse.
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Old 04-11-2013, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Hospitals are given a level to indicate the severity of cases they can handle. Parkland is a Level I trauma center, meaning 24/7/365 they are staffed to handle anything that comes in. Level II hospitals can handle most but NOT all, then there's Level III and maybe Level IV. You get taken to the nearest hospital that can handle your issue. Insurance has nothing to do with it until you are stable enough to be transferred.
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Old 04-11-2013, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I don't think Parkland is a historic structure. The only part that will be used is the 80s portion of the building.
Bummer! I hoped some or all of the structure as it existed at the time of the JFK drama could be re-purposed somehow (maybe it is and I don't realize it?).
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