February 19, 2010

As economy dips, unpaid bills mount at First Coast hospitals

By Kelley Luckstein

David Meyer says he is “anxiously hoping” that Congress passes a health-insurance overhaul that significantly expands coverage…


Even the Mayo Clinic, which has strongly opposed some aspects of the plans before Congress, supports universal coverage. Mayo’s Jacksonville campus experienced a drop in write-offs last year, largely due to a move midway into 2008 to a smaller hospital that attracts a higher ratio of insured patients.


As further cuts in government insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid appear likely and private insurance prices reach their tipping point, “there’s nowhere to shift” the cost of those unpaid bills anymore, said Bob Brigham, chief administrative office for Mayo in Jacksonville. 


Florida Times-Union, by Jeremy Cox, 2/18/10

Tags: Bob Brigham, Finanical, Health Policy, insurance programs, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville

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