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Cook County hospital tax funding drops by $100 million

Originally published on the CCHHS website March 14th

Dr Ramanathan RajuA sharp reduction in spending at the Cook County Health and Hospitals System helped drive down the taxpayer subsidy in fiscal 2012 by nearly $100 million, to roughly $287 million, according to a Crain’s estimate.

Spending fell in part due to cost-cutting but also to fewer patients seeking care, which lowers expenses because a large number of the system’s patients are uninsured. Tax dollars bridge the gap between operating revenue and expenses for Cook County Health, which includes the flagship Stroger Hospital on the Near West Side and Provident Hospital on the South Side.

Cutting taxpayer support has been a top priority for Ramanathan Raju since October 2011, when he took the reins as CEO of Cook County Health, one of the largest public health care systems in the nation, with annual spending of more than $900 million.

You can read more about this story on Cook County Health and Hospital System website.

 

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