Undocumented Residents Add to Costs for Calif. Hospitals
Uncompensated care for undocumented residents treated at California hospitals reached about $1.25 billion last year, up from $1.05 billion in 2007, according to the California Hospital Association. In Ventura County, eight general care facilitiesÂ spend more than $260 million annuallyÂ on uncompensated care for underinsured or uninsured individuals. Nationally, theÂ American Hospital Association has called on President Obama to increase support for hospitals that treat undocumented residents.
- "Hospitals May Absorb $26 Million Annually in Care for Undocumented" (Kisken, Ventura County Star, 7/3).