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Old 03-28-2009, 02:24 PM
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As in many public hospitals across the country, the largest number of foreign-born patients at Hennepin County Medical Center are Hispanic immigrants. They are in the emergency room, the maternity ward, neighborhood clinics and in a part-time clinic in the main hospital set aside for Spanish-language patients. The clinic, open three half-days a week, is so busy that it is hard to get an appointment. Dr. Carmen Divertie, an internist from Peru, founded it 15 years ago, modeling it after a clinic for Russians at the hospital.
Many of Dr. Divertie’s patients are recent immigrants from Mexico or Ecuador, and she assumes that virtually all are illegal, though she does not ask. The hospital has a policy of not considering immigration status in offering care, but the money spent on illegal immigrants accounts for a sizable part of the hospital’s unreimbursed tab of $45 million a year — a sore point for people upset about illegal immigration, even in this city with a long history of reaching out to immigrants.


Boo-hoo. They are not immigrants. They are illegal aliens who made the choice to come here illegally and they can make the choice to go home and demand rights and free medical care in their own country.
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