WASHINGTON — Some of the nation’s leading medical centers have identified more than three dozen patients who were scheduled to come to the United States to receive medical care from the countries subject to President Trump’s executive order on immigration.
Johns Hopkins Medicine has found at least 11 patients who live in the Muslim-majority nations targeted by the immigration ban — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen — and who were set to travel to the United States in the next 90 days for medical care. Another major health system, Cleveland Clinic, told STAT that it had nine patients scheduled to come to the United States for care from the affected countries.
“These are very, very ill patients,” Pamela Paulk, president of Johns Hopkins Medicine International, told STAT. “In most cases, these are not cases to be postponed.”
How much does the family pay? And if “pro bono” are these hospitals receiving and state or local funds? Is this all carefully watched by watch dogs and accountants? Seems like the potential for misuse of taxpayer funds is tremendous. Who is watching out for us?
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