By Shawn Day
Every year, Virginians help pay for the medical treatment of their indigent and uninsured neighbors. Those payments come in various forms. For instance, lawmakers have designated roughly $1 billion over the past decade — about $100 million per year — from the state’s general fund to help cover costs of treating uninsured and underinsured patients at Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Virginia health systems.
Millions more have been spent every year to help other hospitals and to support free clinics and community health centers, which treat about a third of the commonwealth’s uninsured, indigent population.
Day is an editorial writer at The Virginian-Pilot.