David Kelly, L. A. Times, Jun. 20
BISBEE, Ariz. — Besieged by illegal immigrants who jam its emergency room, then disappear without paying, tiny Copper Queen Community Hospital is growing desperate.
The 13-bed private facility lost $800,000 caring for migrants last year and $500,000 the year before. At this rate, hospital administrator Jim Dickson predicts, he’ll shut down in three years, leaving the town of Bisbee without a hospital.
“The more business I do, the more money I lose,” he said.
It’s the same story at other border hospitals struggling to cope with record numbers of illegal immigrants sweeping through Arizona.
Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales lost $500,000 last year. Tucson Medical Center closed its trauma center because of uncompensated care. And University Medical Center in Tucson loses close to $1 million a month in unpaid care.
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