Hospitals' cost for uncompensated care in California's emergency rooms grew to $390 million in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2001, from $325 million in the prior year, according to the California Medical Association. It was $317 million in the year ended June 30, 1999. California physicians' losses on ER care reached $150 million in fiscal 2001, compared with $117 million in 2000 and $111 million in 1999, the association said. Uncompensated care includes charity care, given with no expectation of payment, and bad debt, for which payment is expected but not received. More information is available on the association's Web site, www.calphys.org. -- by Laura B. Benko
Uncompensated care up at Calif. ERs: report
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