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Jackson Health System trying to understand surge in uninsured patients


Officials at Jackson Health System say they do not know what has caused a surge of uninsured patients to flood emergency rooms in the past few months, leading to nearly a $1 million loss for December.

On Wednesday, the Public Health Trust that runs Jackson asked hospital administrators for weekly updates on the influx of uninsured. The change in the financial picture could potentially threaten the success story pitched last fall to Miami-Dade voters, who approved $830 million in taxpayer financing to upgrade the county’s aging hospital network.

Jackson executives said they’re monitoring patient admissions daily to better understand what’s driving the greater numbers of uninsured, who are being admitted largely through the hospital system’s emergency rooms at the main campus in Miami and at the satellite in South Miami-Dade.

Jackson’s third hospital, in North Miami Beach, saw a decrease in uninsured patients.

Carlos Migoya, chief executive, said the number of uninsured patients at Jackson has been rising steadily since about October.

But as of this week, said Mark Knight, chief financial officer: “We don't know why.”

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