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After spending $20 million on migrant treatment, Arizona hospital is on the edge of failure: “Nobody has a solution”

A border town’s single hospital is being overrun by migrant patients, testing its medical capabilities and putting it in danger of shutting down due to a lack of money to handle the influx.

On “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday, co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy was told by Dr. Robert Transchel, president and CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona, that the issue is not brand-new.

He said, “It’s been a long trip. “This has been ongoing for far over a year. We kept track of our uncompensated treatment for more than 6 months, and we concluded that we had given unpaid care to border crossers worth more than $20 million.”

According to Transchel, neither the city, the state nor the federal government is contributing money to cover the expenses brought on by the migrant population.

He noted that the issue has not been resolved despite being brought up with representatives from Arizona and Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security.

“Simply put, we need a payer source. No one has a solution, but everyone is concerned and willing to listen” he explained.

“Twenty million dollars have been spent on care for border crossers, yet there is no payer source for them. To face these continuously rising costs without a revenue source to balance them is not a sustainable business model” he continued.

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