A few months ago I was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. nothing life threatening and according to the surgeon a very simple operation. Make 3 small incisions in my side, use one to inflate the stomach wall with CO2 gas, another to allow a camera to go in so the surgeon can see what he's doing and the third for a probe that would put a piece of mesh in the hole. Went in at 9am, under anesthesia at about 10am and I came round at about 10.30. Back home by 12. Costs. Surgeon $2,700, anesthetist $1.600 and the hospital visit $42,000. Yes $42,000 for a 1 1/2 hour stay at the hospital. Then the wife developed a cough. Not a regular cough but one where you worry she's going to cough up an internal organ. Took the doctor 30 seconds to diagnose she had the flu and write a prescription. Costs. Doctor $2,400, hospital visit $7,600. Due to age, me 65, wife 72, most of the cost was paid by Medicare. So don't go blaming illegals or anyone else, blame the money grabbing hospitals.