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Dallas-based Parkland preparing for worst as feds consider healthcare plan

Dallas Morning News, June 22, 2009

Ron Anderson, MD, CEO of Dallas-based Parkland Health & Hospital System, said his greatest worry is Congress will see less of a need for the public hospital when it passes a healthcare plan. His staff is now preparing for less local tax revenue and possibly operating as a for-profit hospital. House Democrats unveiled a healthcare bill that could mean a reallocation of where Americans' tax dollars are spent. It's unclear whether money would be taken away from public hospitals such as Parkland that treat a disproportionate share of poorer patients and allocated elsewhere. Parkland received $171 million in federal funds this fiscal year.