“It has made a difference in the amount of free care and possibly bad debt that we’re seeing,” Raczek said of the cuts and failure to expand MaineCare. “Also, it’s been evident that those individuals have been accessing and seeking care. If they do get sick, then they come to the hospital and they’re much more ill than they would be if they had been accessing care on an ongoing basis.
- Dr. James Raczek, EMMCS’s hospital’s chief operating and medical officer on the impact of not accepting federal health care dollars to cover more Mainers. Eastern Maine Medical Center facing $7 million shortfall