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Health care costs increasing at area hospitals

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - The cost of care is going up at several area hospitals.

Mayo Clinic Health System is raising rates at its hospitals in Eau Claire, Osseo, Bloomer, Menomonie, and Barron.

The nearly four percent increase will take effect January first. Mayo says it's because of rising costs and inadequate reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid. Between that and charity care provided by the hospitals, Mayo says it will provide nearly $425 million in uncompensated care this year.

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