Hospitals see uncompensated care growing

  • Article by: Jackie Crosby , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 7, 2013 - 11:07 AM

New data for 2011 show that the gap between services provided and collections in Minnesota continued to grow.

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basia2186Feb. 7, 1312:45 AM

And how much went to illegal immigrants? Break the numbers down for us please.

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pinky1933Feb. 7, 13 1:51 AM

another reason for why our current health care is a mess. Medicare for all!

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dtmonkeyboyFeb. 7, 13 4:37 AM

If you read closely, the hospitals gave away 3.6 billion in uncompensated care. That works out to more than $700 for every man woman and child in the state. One way or another we are all paying for this....we might as well have universal insrance coverage....because although we will pay for that too, at least those of us paying will also get something out of the deal.

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just1oldgoatFeb. 7, 13 6:54 AM

$1.5B and a lot of that was $300 for an office visit, $100 for a band-aid, and $60 for 2 aspirin. But the hospitals don't need to worry about losing any more money; ObamaCare will help them pass the cost on to the taxpayers (correction: the taxpayers that ACTUALLY pay taxes).

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davehougFeb. 7, 13 6:59 AM

Hospitals have sharp pencils. They have to shift the cost of those who don't pay onto those who do pay.

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offtherecordFeb. 7, 13 7:12 AM

When the same people that are not paying today know that everything to them is free they will consume 3 times the services and the rest of us will pick up the tab.

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chuckdancerFeb. 7, 13 7:21 AM

Apparently the consevative parrots believe that those without the ability to afford medical care should not receive medical care. If that is true then parrots "save" money. There cann't be anything more important than that. The discusion on health care reform started at the wrong point then. It should have started with the question: do we want to provide medical care to those that cann't afford it or do we ration care to serve just those with the dollars available to pay?

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Thumper5316Feb. 7, 13 7:31 AM

pinky1933..."Medicare for all!" Do you have any idea of what services Medicare does NOT cover? Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

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jcinmnFeb. 7, 13 7:47 AM

The numbers don't add up! if : uncompensated care rose 2.6 percent, or $509 million, compared with a year earlier. That number includes bad debt, charity care and underfunding from government sources. and community contributions at an increase of 7 percent. Where does the 26% come from? The ionosphere? Sounds like heavy handed lobbying to ms

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skyblue90Feb. 7, 13 7:59 AM

Regarding the "MEDICARE FOR ALL!" comment, what you don't seem to realize is that the majority of hospitals LOSE money on Medicare patients in total! If we had "Medicare for all," hospitals would be losing even more money than they are now! Is that really what you want?

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