This video has been around for a while but I missed it (until now). It is an interesting look into part of the problem “Testimony of illegal alien care from 1 Florida hospital”):
On a personal note, a while back I had a bill from a hospital and noticed that some of the costs had increased faster than inflation (compared to the same procedure which also had more complications about two years prior). I called the provider to discuss the bill. They said that costs related to uninsured who don’t pay the bills, particularly emergency room visits, necessitated the increase. The representative was honest and to the point. I asked where the largest uninsured costs come from (specifying she need not answer if she didn’t feel comfortable doing so). She unhesitatingly stated illegal immigrants are the dominant driver.
So the next time you are charged $50 for a sippy cup by the hospital, don’t get too upset. To keep ERs and other facilities open, the money must be made up somewhere. Also, keep in mind that this post doesn’t take into account the massive costs of legal fees and insurance hospitals and individual providers must maintain (don’t get hung up on one cost factor when thinking of costs).
EDIT: Original video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLJxmJZXgNI) no longer available. Updated video link.