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Data show debt in charity care for NY hospitals

Democrat and Chronicle, June 21, 2011
The five acute care hospitals in Monroe County, NY performed charity care and absorbed bad debt at a rate that ranges from approximately 3.6% to 6.5% of their total expenses, according to new data required by law. All are nonprofit hospitals, which by New York public health law must provide medically necessary care to anyone who shows up, regardless of ability to pay. The Democrat and Chronicle calculated the charity care and bad debt for Strong Memorial, Highland, Rochester General, Unity and Lakeside Memorial hospitals based on cost data that each hospital provided on its Internal Revenue Service Form 990 Schedule H for 2009, the first year that such reporting was required and the latest available.