The trouble is that indigent patients drive up emergency room costs, which then drive up fees. It's a bad situation. People need medical treatment and public hospitals are obliged to provide it.
Because public hospitals have to take everyone, those who don't pay force the hospital to pass on the costs to those who can pay, which usually means those with insurance.
I don't want people to be turned away, by any means, but I wish there was a better way to treat people who have problems paying without penalizing people who can pay, but may not be rolling in money, either!