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Uninsured Patients Flood Public Hospitals, Putting Them at Risk, Says Survey
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The number of uninsured patients treated at public hospital systems increased 23% from 2008 to 2009, resulting in a severe financial strain on the system that may force hospitals to close their doors, according to the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems. A NAPH survey of 41 healthcare systems reported a 10% increase in uncompensated care costs, on average, with $2.3 million per member.