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|Sliding scale suspended at FMC|
Those who have come to depend on Franklin Medical Center's sliding scale payment system will have to find another way to cover medical bills for the next couple of months, said FMC Administrator Blake Kramer.
The hospital's board of commissioners voted in executive session during Thursday's regular meeting to temporary suspend the program, which charges people based on their ability to pay.
"Unfortunately, the sliding scale is being abused by folks who are not even paying what we charge on the low end of the scale. We have decided to suspend it from Oct. 1 to Dec.1," Kramer said.
Kramer said the hospital is going to review the system over the next two months to see how it can be revamped to prevent abuse. The hospital currently uses a system where a patient's income is assessed by looking a records like tax returns and pay stubs — much like the one used to determine whether a patient is able to Medicaid to pay for treatment — to see if the sliding scale can be used.
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