The care of ~11 million people in America has fallen to emergency rooms.
January 12, 2015 1:11 PM Subscribe
It's easy to break a patient like Rogelio—Mexican and poor and chronically ill—down to his potassium level and to make medical decisions according to a number. But that's only part of the story of how the undocumented ill are cared for here in Houston. Within this city's history—a history that includes segregation during the 1960s, a large immigrant population, strong economic growth over the past half century, not to mention the world's largest medical center—is the story of how Houston sought local solutions to provide compassionate care to its indigent and undocumented, the latter of which, some might say, have helped the city grow.Dr. Ricardo Nuila reports from the emergency room at Houston's Ben Taub Hospital, where Harris County's undocumented ill can avail themselves of some of the country's best health care: Taking Care of Our Own.
Read more about the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, a federal mandate that obligates all Medicare-participating hospitals to examine, stabilize, and/or appropriately transfer all incoming emergency care patients regardless of their immigration, citizenship, insurance, or financial status. Emergency care is the safety net of the nation's health care system, caring for everyone, regardless of ability to pay.
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