In 2018, Mississippi had a whopping $1.2 trillion in uncompensated care and medical costs, according to the Mississippi Health Department.
That’s more than $500 per capita.
“It’s a staggering amount of money and it affects a lot of our residents,” said Dr. David Foy, a professor of preventive medicine at the University of Mississippi Health Science Center.
Foy is a member of the Mississippi Hospital Association’s Advisory Committee on Health Care Costs.
The Mississippi Healthcare Association, which represents more than 400 health care providers, is not opposed to the proposed cuts.
But they have concerns about the scope of cuts and the quality of care in the state.
“We’ve got to be careful that we don’t misspeak when we talk about the quality or cost savings,” said Joe Koehler, the president of the Medical Association of Mississippi, which has a membership of more than 300 health care professionals.
“You can save money by going to a state hospital.
That will save you money, but it’s not enough.
You need to be able to afford it.”
But there are ways to reduce the health care costs.
The Medical Association estimates that one of the key steps is to reduce wait times and reduce waiting times to appointments.
That would save an average of $300,000 a year, according the group’s website.
In 2018-2019, the Mississippi Medical Association spent more than 10 times as much on appointments as it did in 2018-19.
So the biggest question is: Should patients and doctors get their care at an urgent care center or a private practice?
A private practice is where the patient and doctor are both on the same floor.
“When you’re in a private setting, you’re at the hospital,” said Michael Hulme, a member and executive director of the American Association of Public Health Physicians.
“So you have the patient on the one side and you have your physician, who is not at the end of the hall.”
Private practices don’t have the same kind of resources and oversight that hospitals do.
But there is a small group of private providers that do have access to urgent care.
“The idea is to be an emergency room in a hospital setting,” said Koehl.
The Affordable Care Act is expected to increase spending on emergency rooms, including private hospitals, by $1 billion over 10 years.
“If we can get emergency room care to the uninsured, we can make this a very viable option,” said Hulleme.
“There are a number of ways to do it, but that’s one of them.”
There are also other options for lowering health care spending.
For example, patients can get the care at a private clinic that will treat them in a different setting.
That is a cost savings of about $1,500 per patient.
“This would make a huge difference in people’s lives,” said Foy.
“And we’ve got so many of them here that we really don’t want to waste the time of people who need it.”