Posted on May 3, 2024

Illegal Immigrants Cause $566 Million in Unpaid Healthcare Burden on Florida

Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart, April 30, 2024

Florida passed a law requiring hospitals to publicize the costs of unpaid care for migrants, and the reports thus far show that the loss to the state’s hospitals is a massive $566 million just in 2024 — and taxpayers are picking up much of that loss.

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The state also reported that, in 2021, care for illegals cost the state about $312 million. But now it is even worse.

With SB 1718 now recording the costs to the Sunshine State in real-time, it is clear that the costs of caring for indigent illegals are quickly adding up. To name just a few, according to the state’s reporting website, MyFlorida.com, Broward County has lost $43,056,022 so far in 2024 to the unpaid medical expenses for illegals. Duval has suffered a loss of $31,439, 143, Hillsborough’s loss is at $58,822,134, Orange stands at $58,328,521, and Miami-Dade has lost a whopping $231,804,144.

According to the reporting website, the estimated costs to care for illegal aliens have totaled more than $566 million to date.

Florida is hardly the only state throwing millions in state funding at health care for illegals. In March 2023, Fox News reported that between December 2021 and November 2022, Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona, had spent $26 million on migrants who did not pay for the services.

In January 2021, Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton estimated that the Lone Star State spent between $62-90 million per year to cover illegal aliens. Illinois reported an expenditure of $1.1 billion in 2022.

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