Regional hospitals to benefit from Gov. Haley's new compensation act

MARLBORO COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Marlboro Park Hospital located in Marlboro County is one of 19 hospitals in South Carolina that may get more money to cover the cost of uncompensated care they have given to patients.

It's all part of what Governor Nikki Haley calls strengthening health care.

This initiative comes after Haley's State of the State Address. Haley talked about the growing need for answers to an ever changing health care system.

Most of the people that WMBF News spoke with said that this is a good thing for Marlboro Park Hospital.

In total, Haley plans to re-distribute $20 million to 19 hospitals in rural areas. Haley says these facilities need the funding to help lift the financial burden stemming from treating patients who don't have health care.

Ronnie Daves, C.E.O. of the Marlboro Park Hospital said though there are still some unanswered questions regarding this plan; the investment will be a huge benefit to the hospital.

"At this point it looks like we will be receiving more monies than we have in the past for the uncompensated care we provide," Daves said.

Haley made it clear in her state of the state address that this is not "new" money. Instead it is funds that have been shifted from hospitals that aren't in as great of a need as others.

Daves added that Marlboro Park Hospital provided more than $11 million in uncompensated care last year. Daves, along with members of the community feel a lack of jobs is adding to the strain on health care.

"For Marlboro County in particular, we are the third highest unemployment rate in the state. So unemployed patients don't have insurance therefore most of the care is provided in the E.R. since they don't have primary care," said Daves.

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