Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, one of the nation's biggest and busiest medical centers, plans to lay off nearly 5% of its 11,250 employees in the wake of soaring costs for charity care, according to published reports. The layoffs at the only public hospital in Miami-Dade County are not expected to ease a budget crisis for the $1.4 billion health system, which has lost money in each of the last four years. While the 1,839-bed hospital will have received about $270 million for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 from a dedicated half-cent county tax, charitable care cost more than $400 million. Officials have predicted a $76 million shortfall next year even with the layoffs. -- by Michael Romano
Cost of charity care causes layoffs at Fla. hospital
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