Hospital revenue could be tapped for universal primary care

February 06, 2018

VTDigger

When Vermont hospitals generate unexpected revenue, the state should take at least half of that money to support a universal primary care initiative, a key senator said on Tuesday.

Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, introduced the idea of a hospital “reinvestment contribution” as one possible funding mechanism for a proposed system of publicly financed primary care.

Ayer acknowledged that larger — and still unidentified — funding sources will be needed to operate such a system. But she said redirecting excess hospital revenue was a legitimate way to cover some related expenses....

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