A task force said stabilizing the Detroit-area healthcare system would require $246 million in additional funds annually, at least $90 million of which would have to be raised by the state or local governments. The group urged Michigan lawmakers to establish a public health authority for Detroit and Wayne County, increase Medicaid reimbursement to providers and expand the number of federally qualified community health centers in the area. The Detroit Health Care Stabilization Workgroup, a task force of hospital executives, public health officials and government and business leaders, presented its recommendations yesterday in an 86-page report to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Granholm established the task force in April after the chief of Detroit's largest provider of uncompensated care, the Detroit Medical Center, vowed to close two hospitals and eliminate 1,000 jobs without increased funding. The system received a $50 million bailout last month. -- by Mark Taylor
$246 million would heal Detroit healthcare: report
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