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Uninsured patients causing cuts at Phoebe

Joel Wernick, CEO, Phoebe Health Systems Joel Wernick, CEO, Phoebe Health Systems
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A new study shows that Phoebe Health systems spent more than $56 million in uncompensated care in 2012. 

Cuts to Medicaid and Medicare also hurt the hospital's bottom line and led to Phoebe cutting back on some programs and laying off some workers. CEO Joel Wernick says the hospital is working on ways to keep people healthy while keeping costs down.


"Preventative services," Wernick continued. "The best way for people to deal with health delivery systems is to stay healthy and not have to deal with the health delivery systems. So, if you don't have the excess resources to invest in preventive-type services ultimately that has an impact on the general public."


 Wernick says right now 42 percent of hospitals in Georgia are losing money.



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