Friday, March 12, 2010

Local Hospital Cited By Health Reform Advocates

Cookeville Regional Medical Center is now being used an an example of why the country needs national health care. A group calling itself Health Care For America Now says, in a press release, that President Obama’s health insurance reform bill would save Cookeville Regional Medical Center almost $10 million a year. They say the savings would come from a dramatic reduction in the price tag for treating area residents who can’t afford health insurance. According to the group, Cookeville Regional provided $19.8 million in care last year to patients who couldn’t pay for it. They say that under the assumption that hospitals will get reimbursed for half of the free care they now provide, Cookeville Regional would save at least $9.9 million.