Cook County Set To Provide $503M In Free Medical Care This Year. Here’s Why

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The Cook County Health and Hospitals System is set to provide about $503 million this year in what’s called uncompensated care, or what it writes off, county records show. The tab is a mix of free treatment for people who are typically uninsured, and debt from insured patients who can’t afford their bills as well as insurance companies that won’t pay them.