July 26, 2005

IT'S THE NATIVES WHO FREELOAD:

Immigrants use fewer health care services, study finds (Alana Semuels, July 26, 2005, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Although her husband is employed, 30-year-old Pamela Ramirez still pays her health bills the same way many immigrants do -- out of her savings account.

Ramirez, of the South Side, moved here from Argentina more than four years ago. She's typical in that she costs less to the health care system than do native-born residents, according to a study published yesterday in the American Journal of Public Health.

The study found that immigrants use 55 percent less health care than non-immigrants, and that both insured and non-insured immigrants use less services than the native born.

Immigrants actually subsidize care for the rest of the population, according to the study, because they pay Medicare payroll taxes and health insurance premiums, but do not reap all the benefits of these services.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 26, 2005 9:15 AM
Comments

Right.

So, CA, AZ, TX should be swimming in health money.

Posted by: Sandy P at July 26, 2005 5:47 PM

No, the Sun Belt is disproportionately elderly. The old consume health dollars.

Posted by: oj at July 26, 2005 6:59 PM

"No, the Sun Belt is disproportionately elderly. The old consume health dollars."

Nonsense. Most of the retirees down here pay their own way, and dearly. When the flu season hits the emergency rooms are filled with Latin losers and Negroes who aren't smart enough to know that there's nothing to do but sit home and suffer. The elderly who need the services die. That's the way it is here OJ. How it is there in the East Coast Academic Ivory Tower where you live?

Posted by: NC3 at July 26, 2005 7:35 PM
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