Arizona hospital on brink of collapse after spending $20 million on migrant care: ‘Nobody has a solution’
Dr. Robert Treschel said the $20 million care cost does not include infrastructure expenses
Yuma Medical Center President and CEO Dr. Robert Transchel says the hospital receives no government funds for migrant patient care, straining medical resources.
Migrant patients are overwhelming a border town’s sole hospital, straining medical resources and placing the facility on the brink of collapse without sufficient funding to accommodate the influx of people.
Dr. Robert Transchel, the president and CEO of Yuma, Arizona’s Yuma Regional Medical Center, told co-hsot Rachel Campos-Duffy Sunday on “Fox & Friends Weekend” that the problem is nothing new.
“It’s been a long journey,” he said. “We’ve been at this for well over a year now. We tracked our uncompensated care for a period of over six months, and we calculated that we’ve provided over $20 million in uncompensated care to the migrants crossing the border.”
Yuma Regional Medical Center’ resources are strained after migrant patients flooded the facility seeking care. (Facebook/Yuma Regional Medical Center)
Transchel said neither the city, the state nor the federal government is providing funds to accommodate the costs associated with the migrant influx.
He added that, despite taking the issue to Arizona officials and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the problem remains unsolved.
“We just don’t have a payer source. Everybody is sympathetic, and everybody lends a listening ear, but nobody has a solution,” he said.
“We’ve provided $20 million in care to the migrants that are crossing the border and we just don’t have a payer source for those individuals. It’s not a sustainable model to have these continued rising expenses without a revenue source to offset that,” he added.