Maricopa County, Ariz., will set aside more than $100 million in general funds to bail out its financially strapped healthcare system and ensure a clean handoff to a new healthcare district in November. For years, the county has subsidized Maricopa Integrated Health System, which includes 482-bed Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, 11 clinics and several health plans. County supervisors thought they had secured the system's financial future in November 2003 when voters approved a property tax increase to pump up to $40 million a year into the system. But a financial audit issued this week pegged the system's projected losses this year at more than $50 million beyond previous projections, reflecting higher losses at its health plans and a flawed claims-processing system. -- by Laura B. Benko
Ariz. county system to get $100 million bailout
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