Some Hospitals, Trying to Free Up ERs, Will Pay for Uninsured’s Preventive Care

MINNEAPOLIS– For years, hospitals have struggled with the burden of treating uninsured patients who show up at the emergency department, often with maladies that could have been prevented if they’d only seen a doctor earlier.

Now Twin Cities hospitals are going to try an ounce of prevention.

Stung by a sharp increase in charity care, a number of area hospitals are going to fund preventive care at nearby clinics for people with no insurance precisely so they don’t have medical emergencies later.

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