Sacred Heart, St. Joseph's Hospital announce 3.9 percent rate increase

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Two area hospitals plan to increase their rates starting in July.

Sacred Heart Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital recently announced a 3.9 percent rate increase starting July 1. It's a measure to compensate for more than $274,000,000 in unpaid care that Sacred Heart expects to provide from July through June of next year, and more than $78,000,000 in care that St. Joseph's expects to provide. Those figures include Medicare and Medicaid shortfalls the hospitals anticipate. Last year, Sacred Heart raised its rates by 4.9 percent. The increase at St. Joseph's in 2013 was 4 percent.

Both hospitals are part of the Hospital Sisters Health System. It says the increases are in line with other hospitals of similar size. Mayo Clinic Health System typically increases rates in the fall.