30% of Mississippi public rural hospitals in 'poor' financial health; half in Delta

Anna Wolfe from the Clarion Ledger on the state auditor's report.

"Hospitals are underpaid by Medicare. Hospitals are underpaid by Medicaid. Medicaid and Medicare represent approximately 70 percent of hospitals volumes. We are, in a sense, government contractors. That's what people don't understand. There is absolutely no incentive for hospitals to add cost to their system, because you simply can't recover it," said Memorial Hospital Foundation President Dave Estorge.