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North Country Health Services President Jim Hanko holds a chart showing that uncompensated care in Minnesota hospitals rose 132 percent in five years, contributing to higher costs to private pay patients. Hanko spoke at a health care forum Tuesday, with the results to be sent to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team.(Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer)

Concern over impact of state budget cuts on hospitals

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Minnesota's hospitals continue to take disproportionate cuts in state aid to solve the state's budget woes, says Jim Hanko, president and CEO of North Country Health Services.

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In order to meet a projected $426 million budget shortfall in the current biennium which ends June 30, Gov. Tim Pawlenty earlier this month said he would unallot $271.4 million in state spending, including $73 million in health and human services spending.

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