Survey: Recession hitting NJ hospitals hard

February 18, 2009 1:34:04 PM PST
New Jersey hospitals are suffering from the effects of the economic downturn. That's the finding of a survey released Wednesday by the New Jersey Hospital Association. Half of New Jersey's 74 acute care hospitals participated.

Forty-five percent report they laid off workers in 2008, and more than three in four say they've seen an increase in uninsured patients and emergency room visits in recent months.

Sixty percent say they're doing fewer elective procedures.

The hospitals also say they're seeing a decline in donations.

Eight New Jersey hospitals have closed for economic reasons over the last two years.

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