Here’s something about undocumented immigrants that hasn’t been reported very often. They are far less likely to use emergency room services than U.S. citizens.
That actually ought be a cause for concern, but also is another example of the distortions in the debate about immigrants and health care reform. Here are the numbers from the Kaiser Family Fund.
In 2006, 20% of U.S. citizen adults and 22% of U.S. citizen children had visited the emergency room within the past year. In contrast, 13% of noncitizen adults and 12% of noncitizen children had utilized emergency room care.
Let’s hope facts still matter.