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Oregon To Lead Nation In Setting Minimum Amount For Hospital Charity Care

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SALEM – Oregon's hospitals have long been required to provide free or discounted care for low-income patients under state and federal charity care laws.

Escalating Workplace Violence Rocks Hospitals

Across the country, many doctors, nurses and other health care workers have remained silent about what is being called an epidemic of violence against them.

The violent outbursts come from patients and patients’ families. And for years, it has been considered part of the job.

Charity Care Bill Faces Vote

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Hollie Murphy had a hysterectomy in 2013 that threw her into financial turmoil.

She had health insurance. She was a certified nursing assistant at Springfield’s PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend. But it was a high deductible plan, and she only made $15 an hour.

Union Seeks Crackdown On Hospital Charity Care, Staffing

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Most of Oregon’s hospitals are nonprofits. They get a break on state and local taxes and in exchange, they’re supposed to provide free or discounted care to those who can’t afford it.

But charity care has decreased in recent years while hospital profits have increased.

Hospital Employees Seek Relief From Understaffing

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Nursing assistant Amanda Newman often ends her shifts at PeaceHealth’s Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield in tears after struggling to meet all of her patients needs each day because there’s not enough staff.

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