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Lay-offs put burden on hospitals

IOWA (KWWL) -- One cost of recent lay-offs, more uninsured patients are looking for free care at Iowa hospitals.

The Iowa Hospital Association reports charity-care for uninsured patients jumped 26% in the third quarter of 2008 compared to 2007.

One hospital CEO says higher unemployment is a main cause for the increase cost.

He says he expects that cost will continue to rise if the economy worsens.

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