Tri-City Healthcare District Approves FY 2004-2005 Budget
Directors of the Tri-City Healthcare District on Thursday unanimously passed a $234 million budget for fiscal year 2004-2005, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The budget includes an 8.5% increase in service fees, which directors said "few patients are expected to notice" because health insurers pay most hospital bills, the Union-Tribune reports. The budget also included $250,000 for grants to not-for-profit social agencies that run community health promotion programs and $186,770 to reopen a pediatrics unit that closed in 2002. The directors had expected the unit to cost $29,000, the cost increased to $186,770 because of requirements for monitors, surveillance cameras and training for new nurses (San Diego Union-Tribune, 6/25).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.