POSTED: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 7:41pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 3:55am
LONGVIEW — Many East Texans are without health care, but who is paying for it all?
Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview spent more than 200 million dollars on free care for uninsured patients last year.
At Longview Regional Hospital they are expected to lose more than 22 million dollars this year due to uninsured patients.
The number of uninsured patients is on the rise and are becoming a problem across the nation and costing hospitals millions of dollars each year.
The Texas Department of State Health Services offers indigent healthcare services but only to those who qualify. Other places, like Longview's Wellness Center, help low income and uninsured families at a lower cost for health care.
Many hospitals like Shepherd will work with patients, so the patient can get the care they need while keeping costs down for the hospital. Even though there are programs to help those who are uninsured hospitals are still losing millions of dollars each year.
To help offset some of these costs both Longview hospitals signed an agreement with Gregg County commissioners in September that will allow the hospitals to receive more federal money for providing care to those who are uninsured.