Parkland Hospital in Dallas is the second busiest maternity ward in the country with almost 16,000 new babies arriving each year. (That’s 44 per day—every day)!
A recent patient survey indicated that 70 percent of the women who gave birth at Parkland were illegal immigrants. That’s 11,200 anchor babies born every year just in Dallas!
The Dallas Morning News reported that, the hospital spent $70.7 million delivering 15,938 babies in 2014. Medicaid kicked in $34.5 million, Dallas County taxpayers kicked in $31.3 million and the feds tossed in another $9.5 million.
The average patient in Parkland in maternity wards is 25 years old, married and giving birth to her second child. She is also an illegal immigrant. By law, pregnant women cannot be denied medical care based on their immigration status or ability to pay.
OK, fine. That doesn’t mean they should receive better care than everyday, middle-class American citizens. But at Parkland Hospital, they do. ” Parkland Memorial Hospital has nine prenatal clinics.
The Dallas Morning News reported a Hispanic woman who was a patient at one of the clinics and pregnant with her third child—her previous two were also born at Parkland. Her first two deliveries were free. This time, the hospital wants her to pay $10 per visit and $100 for the delivery but she was unsure if she could come up with the money. Not that it matters, the hospital won’t turn her away.
How long has this been going on?
Well, another subject of the report was born at Parkland in 1986 shortly after her mother entered the US illegally – now she is having her own child there as well.
What are the long-term effects?
These women receive free prenatal care including medication, nutrition, birthing classes and child care classes. They also get freebies such as car seats, bottles, diapers and formula.
Because these women are illegal immigrants, they do not have to provide any sort of legitimate identification – no proof of income. An American citizen would have to provide a social security number which would reveal their annual income – an illegal immigrant need only claim to be poor and the hospital must take them at their word.
Illegal’s get it all free!
The illegal immigrant patients are actually complaining about hospital staff not speaking Spanish.
In an attempt to create a Spanish-speaking staff, Parkland Hospital is now providing incentives in the form of extra pay for applicants who speak Spanish.. Additionally, medical students at the University of Texas Southwestern for which Parkland Hospital is the training facility will now have a Spanish language requirement added to their already jammed-packed curriculum. No other school in the country boasts such a ridiculous multi-semester (multicultural) requirement.
Remember that this is about only one hospital in Dallas, Texas. There are many more hospitals across our country that must also deal with this.