Health care provider to increase rates in 2015

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area health care provider plans to raise its rates in the new year.

Starting January 1, Mayo Clinic Health System sites in northwestern Wisconsin will increase rates by 3.5 percent. The increase is to account for a lack of Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, as well as care the provider gave to patients in need. A spokesman said Mayo Clinic Health System provided $420,000,000 in uncompensated care in 2014. About $19,000,000 of that was considered charity care.

This is the lowest annual rate increase for Mayo Clinic Health System-Eau Claire in 18 years. HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital typically increases rates during the summer.