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Michigan hospitals take a hit to care for patients

Detroit Free Press, September 15, 2008

Michigan hospitals spent an unprecedented $2.6 billion in 2007 providing free and discounted care, writing off uncollected patient debts, and making up for losses from Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs. The figures, to be released by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, continue rising this year, underscoring the growing call nationwide for health reform, industry leaders say.