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Safety net hospitals in Massachusetts strained by reform

Boston Globe, March 18, 2008
Massachusetts hospitals that care for lower-income residents said they have been hard hit by the ongoing transition due to the state's healthcare reform law. Officials at the so-called "safety net" hospitals said that because the new system phases out payments for free care provided to the uninsured, hospitals are facing budget shortfalls and have been forced to cut back on investing in new equipment.