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After Charity Hospital Privatization, Trouble for BR General was Expected

Baton Rouge General's Mid City campus.
Baton Rouge General's Mid City campus.
Baton Rouge General's Mid City campus.
Baton Rouge General's Mid City campus.

The closure of Earl K. Long hospital last year with the privatization of Louisiana’s charity hospital system sent a wave of uninsured patients to Baton Rouge General.

Under the strain of their care, the hospital had decided to close its emergency room. But Baton Rouge General’s ER was rescued at the last-minute Wednesday.

Don Gregory, health policy advisor for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, explains whether that deserves a sigh of relief. 

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