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Debts have hospitals seeking payment up front

...and elective procedures, they will be asked to give their copay, or a minimum deposit if they're uninsured, said Dan Houghton, the hospital's chief financial officer. The hospital already has been asking some patients to pay before treatment...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/060604/sta_hospitals.shtml
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Major hospitals hurting from uncollected debt

...What's fueling this dreary financial picture? "There has been a large increase in the uninsured population," said Dan Houghton, finance chief at Alaska Regional. An estimated one in five Alaskans lacks health insurance, said Catherine Schumacher...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/072205/sta_20050722028.shtml
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