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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illegal Latino immigrants do not cause a drag on the U.S. health care system as some critics have contended and in fact get less care than Latinos in the country legally, researchers said on Monday.
Such immigrants tend not to have a regular doctor or other health-care provider yet do not visit emergency rooms -- often a last resort in such cases -- with any more frequency than Latinos born in the United States, according to the report from the University of California'
According to a national study in 2000, hospitals along the Southwestern border paid about $190 million for the emergency care of undocumented immigrants.
Lawmakers who pushed for the funding warned the federal government that hospitals in border states were facing financial hardship because federal law requires them to provide care regardless of a patient's residency status.