Denver’s Main Public Hospital Near Crisis Over Migrant Surge

Colorado’s major public hospital, Denver Health, reported it is closing in on a financial catastrophe due to unpaid medical bills spawned by illegal migrants and the homeless.

The Biden administration’s hapless open border policy meant thousands of illegal migrants flooded the Democratic city. This ran up the incidences of seeking “free” medical care for people hailing from all over the globe. How much has the public health situation worsened?

The year before Biden took office, 2020, Denver Health dealt with roughly $60 million in unpaid healthcare services provided. By 2022 that number soared to $125 million before climbing to $136 million last year.

Dr. Steven Federico is Denver Health’s chief government and community affairs officer.

He reported that the sprawling “safety net” facility treated some 8,000 new patients in 2023 who originated in Central and South America. This group accounted for a staggering 20,000 hospital visits.

Denver Health CEO Donna Lynne told city leaders earlier this month that many arrive with “severe and acute health needs.” These include everything from childbirth and dental emergencies to mental health needs, and all are provided.

Lynne further noted “While I have tremendous compassion for what’s going on, it’s heartbreaking, it’s going to break Denver Health.”

Approximately 36,000 illegal migrants have arrived in Denver in recent months, with some 18,000 staying. Many of the migrants were bused in from Texas due to the city’s regrettable “sanctuary” status.

That designation was established in 2017 with a new law declaring Denver’s defiance of federal immigration statutes. This came shortly after Donald Trump was sworn into office and was seen as open resistance to the Republican president’s immigration policies.

Leaders declared that the city was a refuge for illegal migrants, with Mayor Michael Hancock telling the masses, “We’ve got your backs.”

Seven years later, the chickens are coming home to roost.

The hospital lost $2 million in 2022, but the true number was dramatically offset by an emergency $20 million infusion from state taxpayers. Last year that deficit dramatically rose to $35 million, and management warned of “dire consequences” if the trend continued.