STUART, Fla. – All sides agree on one thing in the strange case of a South Florida hospital that secretly repatriated a seriously brain injured patient back to Guatemala.
During the early hours of a steamy July 2003 morning, Martin Memorial Medical Center chartered a private plane and sent 37-year-old Luis Jimenez back to the Central American country without telling his relatives in the U.S. or Guatemala — even as his cousin and legal guardian, Montejo Gaspar, frantically sought to stop the move.
There, things get murky. Gaspar is suing the hospital for essentially deporting Jimenez, who was an illegal immigrant. The hospital, which spent more than $1.5 million on his care over three years, says Jimenez wanted to go home.
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The hospital paid for his excorted airfare, wheelchair and health supplies not the mention his over two million dollar hospital bill. This was passed on to you the taxpayer. This is NOT an isolated case. Hospitals are faced with deporting non paying patients after medical care.
I know all about the patients rights and all..BUT we can't PAY for EVERYONE's health care..I agree, we (meaning the tax payers) can't be held responsible for those medical bills. It all comes down to lax immigration laws...
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