posted on Jan, 4 2013 @ 11:39 PM
I’m finishing up my assignment here at NAS Ft Worth JRB, and my moon lighting at a local hospital will soon come to a close. Let me start out by
going back a few years ago when I was assigned to Edwards AFB. I performed locum tenens at a Lancaster Hospital and compared the same data and arrived
at similar proportional results. Albuquerque (Kirtland AFB), and Sacramento ( about 74% Mexican nationals) (Beale AFB ) were about the same
proportionately. Here is what I have found from an area hospital. Ninety-seven percent of the patients that I treated were from Mexico and spoke only
Spanish. The Emergency Department would see around 400 patients a day. During my eight hour shift, there would be anywhere from 75 to 150 patients in
the ED. Of those, approximately 25 to 30% had complaints of abdominal pain.
Now for those who don’t understand the complexity of diagnosing abdominal pain, here are just a few of the possibilities: appendicitis, hepatitis,
pancreatitis, cholecystitis, gastritis, stomach ulcers, colitis, ectopic pregnancy, pregnancy, and small bowel obstruction. Diagnosis involves
numerous blood essays and radiological studies. A typical ER bill for this will be around $3000. So lets do the math. I’ll make it easy and
underestimate the actual cost, but it will provide a ballpark figure. Out of 100 patients, 25% have abdominal pain. That’s 25 patients. Multiply
that by 3000 and you get 75,000. ER’s are open 365 days a year. So multiply 75,000 by 365 and you get 27,375,000.
That’s $27 Million dollars! Or, $27 Million dollars of American tax paying money for free care to the people of Mexico from 1 hospital! The
way I see, the government of Mexico owns the people of the USA a lot of money! It gets a lot more frustrating than this and perhaps I’ll share some
more information, but right now, I’ve got to go to bed.