Survey says Georgia hospitals hurting

A Georgia Hospital Association survey finds that all is not well with Georgia Hospitals during this recession.

The survey revealed that more than six of 10 Georgia hospitals have had to, or are currently considering, reducing staffing while more than one out of three hospitals have either reduced services or are considering doing that.

Nearly three out of four hospitals have experienced increases in bad debt and charity care since October 2008.

Nearly three out of four hospitals are postponing or reconsidering captial expenditures in areas such as clinical technology/equipment.

More than half of the hospitals have seen a decline in charitable contributions.

GHA president Joseph Parker has called on the state to make adequately funding Medicaid a top priority in 2009 or some hospitals may close.