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Gov. Patrick: Mass. Must Provide Health Care For Illegal Immigrants

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick says the state must provide health care for illegal immigrants, despite the cost. That’s after the Patrick administration released figures that show the state spent $178 million to reimburse hospitals for treating patients who failed to prove legal residency.

But Patrick says the health safety net is serving its purpose.

“I defy anybody to turn a human being in a medical emergency away from care because they are undocumented,” Patrick said. “That’s a federal law and, more to the point, it reflects our best values.”

Patrick claims the state is spending 40 percent less on reimbursements for the uninsured than it did during the Romney administration.

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  • elewisg

    How much of that medical care was for life threatening emergencies?
    Surely there could be some prioritization of needs?
    Do the illegal immigrants receive a bill for these medical services?
    Is this “free” care part of the reason for the high cost of medical care?

    How do you justify free treatment for illegal immigrants, when 40 million US citizens have no medical insurance?

    How do you justify the presence of illegal immigrants when 14 million American citizens cannot find work?

  • Slack

    @elewisg: When someone shows up at the ER you treat them, it’s that simple. The prioritization is called triage, who gets treated first, not who gets treated. Let me ask you a question, when someone shows up suffering abdominal pain, how do you turn them away, if you are human, that is?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MH7ATSNYASMCJO3MWNJ4C4T2KY Olivia

    I was in a AA meeting once and the speaker mentioned Dr Kishore, and the entire room erupted into laughter. I saw him back in the late 90s and he was a quack then. He was FAR from free. He had been fined years ago because when you sat in his waiting room (an hour was considered quick) he’d bill the insurance co’s for that time. Then once you saw him he’d tell you what a great guy he was for working with addicts. Ive been clean for over 10 years now and those professionals who really helped me were ones that didnt need to continiously pat themselves on the back. Addicts are a nightmare to work with, and I commend all those that put up with it all to help those in need. But theres no way you’re ever going to convince me Kishore was one of those people.
    This Fool Punyamurtula Kishore MD aka MAD DOG was never licensed by Mass. Dept of Public Health to practice Addiction Medicine. Punyamurtula Kishore MD aka MAD Dog Millionaire is a fraud ,
    The American College of Addiction Medicine and the National Library of Addiction has never existed except on paper. Punyamurtula Kishore has been indicted by 3 Grand Juries for Medical Insurance Fraud , bribery and giving out and receiving kickbacks. He was involved in Corruption when he was the Medical Director at the Massachusetts Dept. of Correction , Martha Eliot Health Ctr , Roxbury Comprehensive Health Ctr. and his possess Medical Practice , Preventive Medicine Associates.formerly Addiction Medicine Associates. He used two entities he created on paper that never existed called the National library of Addictions and the American College of Addiction Medicine to advocate his emergence in the field of addiction medicine. This unscrupulous MD used and exploited his patients and employees for financial wealth. The only thing that MAD DOG MILLIONAIRE aka Punyamurtula Kishore cared about

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MH7ATSNYASMCJO3MWNJ4C4T2KY Olivia

    I was in a AA meeting once and the speaker mentioned Dr Kishore, and the entire room erupted into laughter. I saw him back in the late 90s and he was a quack then. He was FAR from free. He had been fined years ago because when you sat in his waiting room (an hour was considered quick) he’d bill the insurance co’s for that time. Then once you saw him he’d tell you what a great guy he was for working with addicts. Ive been clean for over 10 years now and those professionals who really helped me were ones that didnt need to continiously pat themselves on the back. Addicts are a nightmare to work with, and I commend all those that put up with it all to help those in need. But theres no way you’re ever going to convince me Kishore was one of those people.
    This Fool Punyamurtula Kishore MD aka MAD DOG was never licensed by Mass. Dept of Public Health to practice Addiction Medicine. Punyamurtula Kishore MD aka MAD Dog Millionaire is a fraud ,
    The American College of Addiction Medicine and the National Library of Addiction has never existed except on paper. Punyamurtula Kishore has been indicted by 3 Grand Juries for Medical Insurance Fraud , bribery and giving out and receiving kickbacks. He was involved in Corruption when he was the Medical Director at the Massachusetts Dept. of Correction , Martha Eliot Health Ctr , Roxbury Comprehensive Health Ctr. and his possess Medical Practice , Preventive Medicine Associates.formerly Addiction Medicine Associates. He used two entities he created on paper that never existed called the National library of Addictions and the American College of Addiction Medicine to advocate his emergence in the field of addiction medicine. This unscrupulous MD used and exploited his patients and employees for financial wealth. The only thing that MAD DOG MILLIONAIRE aka Punyamurtula Kishore cared about

  • civilsocietyboston

    Internet Vigilance 1 comment collapsed CollapseExpandFacebook recently gave grants to four organizations around the world to study bullying in social media and how to combat it. One of those, Education Development Center, or EDC, is based in Waltham and was chosen both because it conducts research related to health and education and because it’s based in a state that two years ago passed anti-bullying legislation.WBUR’s Morning Edition host Bob Oakes spoke with the lead researcher on EDC’s project, Shari Kessel Schneider. Her team is interviewing and surveying school leaders, students and parents in 20 school districts, as well as examining school policies and curriculum dealing with cyberbullying. They hope to pinpoint ways Facebook and educators might collaborate to combat the problem.“It is a shared responsibility between parents, youth, schools and social media sites,” Kessel Schneider said. “They all play a role in helping to address the issue and prevent it from occurring.”Facebook recently implemented a social reporting mechanism that allows any user to either request content of another user be taken down or report incidents of bullying or harassment to a trusting adult or friend, according to Kessel Schneider.Every two years EDC conducts a survey of middle and high school students in the MetroWest region. Kessel Schneider says in the last survey, conducted in 2010, about one in five students reported being cyberbullied in the past year. She says reports of cyberbullying among high school students have increased in recent years, though the survey doesn’t determine if that increase is a result of more awareness or an actual rise in cyberbullying incidents.Other recent research by EDC looked at the difference between traditional bullying and cyberbullying, and their association to students’ reports of psychological distress — things like depressive symptoms, self injury, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts.“What was very striking in our findings was that we found that cyberbullying is more strongly associated with psychological distress,” Kessel Schneider said. “It can occur even when [kids] are in the safety of their own home — their home isn’t safe anymore, really. It can also be anonymous, so they don’t know in some cases who the perpetrator or perpetrators are. And there is such a wide reach if somebody does experience bullying online, those messages can be posted to hundreds or even thousands of people instantaneously.”With over 900 million users, Kessel Schneider says, Facebook faces a daunting task in addressing cyberbullying. But she believes collaborative efforts can help to decrease it

  • civilsocietyboston

    OPEN LETTER TO THE GENERAL MANAGER: Paul LaCameraGeneral ManagerWBUR890 Commonwealth AvenueBoston MA 02215 Reference: Cyber Bullying, Cyber Stalking, Cyber Hate Speech URL: http://www.wbur.org/2011/09/28/kishore-fraud-claims URL: http://www.wbur.org/2011/09/27/drug-doctor URL: http://www.wbur.org/2012/06/07/health-care-jobs URL: http://www.wbur.org/2012/06/12/quality-of-care Dear Dr. LaCamera: Your organization is a champion of Anti Cyber bullying coverage. URL: http://www.wbur.org/2012/05/17/facebook-cyberbullying Unfortunately your comment section in the URLs listed aboveis serving as a venue for Cyber Bullying, Cyber Stalking and Cyber Intimidation/Rant and Hate Speech targeting a Doctor. As you are aware this is a crime under 18 U.S.C. § 875(c) which criminalizes the making of threats via Internet. Your Community Rules also prohibit such conduct. URL: http://www.wbur.org/community/rules The Violations are numerous and have been reported previously.The individual/individuals keep posting. I seek your good offices to put an end to this either by removing and closing the Comments Section and or sending a legal notice to the Offender. A prompt response is needed to stop this harassment and intimidation. The individual is also posting these links to twitter accounts and pornography sites. Please take action. SincerelyCivil Society Boston

  • civilsocietyboston

      Message flagged
    Thursday, June 14, 2012 12:24 PM
    Paul LaCameraGeneral ManagerWBUR890 Commonwealth AvenueBoston MA 02215 Reference: Cyber Bullying, Cyber Stalking, Cyber Hate Speech URL: http://www.wbur.org/2011/09/28/kishore-fraud-claims URL: http://www.wbur.org/2011/09/27/drug-doctor URL: http://www.wbur.org/2012/06/07/health-care-jobs URL: http://www.wbur.org/2012/06/12/quality-of-care Dear Dr. LaCamera: Your organization is a champion of Anti Cyber bullying coverage. URL: http://www.wbur.org/2012/05/17/facebook-cyberbullying Unfortunately your comment section in the URLs listed aboveis serving as a venue for Cyber Bullying, Cyber Stalking and Cyber Intimidation/Rant and Hate Speech targeting a Doctor. As you are aware this is a crime under 18 U.S.C. § 875(c) which criminalizes the making of threats via Internet. Your Community Rules also prohibit such conduct. URL: http://www.wbur.org/community/rules The Violations are numerous and have been reported previously.The individual/individuals keep posting. I seek your good offices to put an end to this either by removing and closing the Comments Section and or sending a legal notice to the Offender. A prompt response is needed to stop this harassment and intimidation. The individual is also posting these links to twitter accounts and pornography sites. Please take action. Sincerely

  • civilsocietyboston

    The URL listed below:
    http://www.wbur.org/2011/09/28/kishore-fraud-claims

    has 38 Comments by ‘Olivia’, 11 Comments by ‘Anita’ and 1 Comment by ‘Sanchez1954741′. All these comments are similar and violate the WBUR Community Rules listed below:

    http://www.wbur.org/community/rules

    If you can’t be polite, don’t say it: If you read the comments it is evident these are virulent and inciting hate.

    Don’t use obscenities: Calling someone “MAD DOG” in multiple postings is Obscene.

    Stay on topic: The 3 individuals are indulging in innuendo, intimidation and threats.

    Rambling is the kiss of death: With 50 posts by probably the same person with 3 different email addresses it is Obviously happening.

    WBUR is not a place for campaigning, lobbying, soliciting or proselytizing: The individual/individuals are making inflammatory statements to hurt and damage a person.

    Do not “feed” the trolls: This article is fed into the “MAD DOG” blog on the Internet as well as pornographic sites resulting is Cyberbullying and perpetrating potential Hate Crimes which WBUR is opposed to.

    WBUR is known for its Civility and Objectivity and as the face of WBUR you agree and help remove the postings.

    Sincerely

    Civil Society
    Boston 

  • Respond Justice

    OPEN LETTER TO THE GENERAL MANAGER: Paul LaCameraGeneral ManagerWBUR890 Commonwealth AvenueBoston MA 02215 Reference: Cyber Bullying, Cyber Stalking, Cyber Hate Speech URL: http://www.wbur.org/2011/09/28… URL: http://www.wbur.org/2011/09/27… URL: http://www.wbur.org/2012/06/07… URL: http://www.wbur.org/2012/06/12… Dear Dr. LaCamera: Your organization is a champion of Anti Cyber bullying coverage. URL: http://www.wbur.org/2012/05/17… Unfortunately your comment section in the URLs listed aboveis serving as a venue for Cyber Bullying, Cyber Stalking and Cyber Intimidation/Rant and Hate Speech targeting a Doctor. As you are aware this is a crime under 18 U.S.C. § 875(c) which criminalizes the making of threats via Internet. Your Community Rules also prohibit such conduct. URL: http://www.wbur.org/community/… The Violations are numerous and have been reported previously.The individual/individuals keep posting. I seek your good offices to put an end to this either by removing and closing the Comments Section and or sending a legal notice to the Offender. A prompt response is needed to stop this harassment and intimidation. The individual is also posting these links to twitter accounts and pornography sites. Please take action. SincerelyCivil Society Boston

  • Vinnie G

    Bad politics

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