Ohio's 175 hospitals are making cutbacks and planning even more, as they brace for a new tax to hit them on November 30. Hospitals will have to pay the first installment of the tax that Ohio legislators approved to raise an estimated $718 million over the next two years. Tiffany Himmelreich is with the Ohio Hospital Association.
The hospital association says these pending cutbacks will be on top of cuts that have already been made in the past year or so. Nearly half of the hospitals have laid off staff and two-thirds have not filled job vacancies.