From the Queens Tribune:
Queens leads the city in the number of uninsured residents, reports the U.S. Census Bureau. And the rising numbers leave private hospitals struggling to maintain services with gradual decreases in revenue.
"It's a cause for concern," said Michael Hinck, spokesman for Jamaica Hospital and Flushing Hospital Medical Center. "What we're seeing in the ER is matching the findings of the report. The situation is only getting worse."
The U.S. Census Bureau reports individuals under the age of 65 in Queens without insurance is nearly 392,000, 20 percent of the population. Queens was ranked the top for individuals without insurance in the age category, after Manhattan which has an 18 percent rate of uninsured.
The closing of three hospitals in Queens in the last year have exacerbated the situation, causing patients usually treated at the closed facilities to flood existing medical centers. With a higher percentage of uninsured patients, local hospitals must deal with the troubles of generating revenue to remain open or face the same fate of similar defunct facilities.