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UNCOMPENSATED CARE BY MICHIGAN HOSPITALS HITS $450 MILLION IN 1991

 LANSING, Mich., Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan hospitals provided nearly $450 million in uncompensated care (bad debt and charity care) in 1991, up $50 million from 1990, according to a report by the Michigan Hospital Association (MHA). Hospital uncompensated care costs were four times higher in 1991 than they were in 1981.
 The report was supported by the recent federal General Accounting Office study that showed that uninsured, Medicaid and Medicare patients' use of hospital emergency rooms was increasing, but there was no appreciable increase in emergency room visits by insured patients. According to the GAO report, lack of a primary care provider for uninsured and underinsured patients accounted for 40 percent of non- urgent visits to emergency rooms.
 "Hospital emergency departments are the last and only refuge for many of Michigan's 1 million residents without health care insurance," said MHA President Spencer Johnson. "Hospitals are providing care for them, but emergency rooms are the most expensive setting possible, and by the time the uninsured finally decide to go to the emergency room, minor illness and injury have often become serious health-threatening conditions."
 MHA analysis shows that the overall patient margin for Michigan hospitals was -2.9 percent in 1991, the same as in 1990. The study noted that 69 percent of Michigan hospitals (120 hospitals) had negative patient margins in 1991, compared to 67 percent (117 hospitals) in 1990.
 According to the MHA report, the total number of outpatient visits to Michigan community hospitals increased by 1 million from 1990 to 1991. Outpatient revenue was 31 percent of total gross patient revenues in 1991, compared to just 15 percent in 1981. While the number of admissions in 1991 -- 1,071,264 -- remained about the same as in 1990, the number of inpatient days declined by 3.1 percent from the previous year.
 The data also showed that the number of hospital beds in Michigan declined by 3 percent from 1990 to 1991, and the average length of stay declined by one-third of a day to 7.3 days in 1991.
 In 1991, Michigan hospitals employed some 142,000 workers, 5 percent more than in 1990. Nearly $5 billion in salaries and benefits were paid to hospital employees in 1991. Salaries and benefits made up about 54 percent of total hospital expenses in 1991.
 Total hospital patient revenue rose 10.8 percent in 1991, keeping pace with the increase in total hospital expenses, which rose 10.7 percent.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Fiedler of Michigan Hospital Association, 517-323-3443/


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