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Report: Wisconsin hospitals treating more uninsured patients in 2011

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin hospitals are treating a lot more people who cannot pay for the care they get.

The state’s Hospital Association said its members treated more than a million uninsured and low-income patients in 2011. That’s 30 percent more than in 2006.

The figures are included in the group’s annual “Guide to Wisconsin Hospitals.”

The report also showed that many procedures no longer require overnight stays. 70 percent of surgeries and other procedures are now performed in outpatient facilities.

The most common diagnoses in the state’s 148 hospital emergency rooms are abdominal pain, complications from child birth, and chest pains.

About 1.6 million people visited Wisconsin emergency rooms in 2011, and over 47,000 people received hospital care on an average day that year.