Subject: Parkland Memorial Hospital


   'BIG D'  TEXAS   Parkland Memorial Hospital
   Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas , Texas is a fairly famous
   institution and for a variety of reasons:


  1. John F. Kennedy died there in 1963
   2. Lee Harvey Oswald died there shortly after
   3. Jack Ruby-who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, died there a few years coincidence


  On the flip side, Parkland is also home to the second busiest
  maternity ward in the country with almost 16,000 new babies arriving
  each year. (That's almost 44 per day---every day)


  A recent patient survey indicated that 70 percent of the women who
  gave birth at Parkland in three months were illegal immigrants.
  That's 11,200 anchor babies born every year just in Dallas


  According to the article, the hospital spent $70.7 million delivering
  15,938 babies but managed to end up with almost $8 million dollars in
  surplus funding. Medicaid kicked in $34.5 million, Dallas County
  taxpayers kicked in $31.3 million and the feds tossed in another $9.5


   The average patient in Parkland 's 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'.


  That's right !!!!  NINE.


  The Dallas Morning News article followed 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 and the Mexican native was grateful because it would have
  cost $200 to have them in Mexico .  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. (I wonder why they even bother asking at this


  'How long has this been going on? What are the long-term effects?


  Well, an other subject of the article was born at Parkland in 1986
  shortly after her mother entered the US illegally - now she is having
  her own child there as well. (That's right, she's technically a US


  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.


  Most of these things are available to American citizens as well but
  only for low-income applicants and even then, the red tape involved is
  almost insurmountable.


  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.


  Parkland Hospital offers indigent care to Dallas County residents who
  earn less than $40,000 per year. (They also have to prove that they
  did not refuse health coverage at their current job. Yeah, the 'free'
  care is not so easy for Americans.)


  There are about 140 patients who received roughly $4 million dollars
  for un-reimbursed medical care.  As it turns out, they did not qualify
  for free treatment because they resided outside of Dallas County so
  the hospital is going to sue them!  Illegals get it all free!  But
  U.S. citizens who live outside of Dallas County get sued!  How stupid
  is this?


  As if that isn't annoying enough, the illegal immigrant patients are
  actually complaining about hospital staff not speaking Spanish   In
  this AP story, the author speaks with a woman who is upset that she
  had to translate comments from the hospital staff into Spanish for her
  husband.. The doctor was trying to explain the situation to the family
  and the mother was forced to translate for her husband who only spoke
  Spanish. This was apparently a great injustice to her. 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 (multi-cultural) requirement.


  ( Sorry for the length, but this needs wide circulation particularly
  to our 'employees' in Congress.)


   Remember that this is only ONE hospital is Dallas , Texas .  There are
  many more hospitals across our country that also have to deal with this.