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Controversial hospital report – Figures in study disputed

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A controversial report from the San Francisco Public Health Commission says private nonprofit hospitals do not do enough to care for the city’s poor, the San Francisco Chronicle reported August 16.

The Commission has told its staff to do more work on the report. Several commissioners told the Chronicle they did not think it accurately represented how much nonprofit hospitals spend on the uninsured.

The commissioners did agree, however, that nonprofits should increase their charity care, and that the city’s public hospital and clinics are carrying a disproportionate share of the burden.

San Francisco’s uninsured population is an estimated 156,000, or 20 percent of the population, according to the report.

For the full story, go to the San Francisco Chronicle.

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