Another MU Health Clinic Losing Money
However, Rob might have to drive on I-70 to Columbia because the Boonville Clinic loses about $500,000 a year, after paying for salaries, supplies and higher costs for medical malpractice insurance. The clinic also waits for government reimbursements for uninsured patients.
So far this year, Boonville has treated 1,600 patients. MU Health Care spokesman Jeff Hoelscher doesn't think the clinic will have to close like Hallsville's money-losing clinic may have to next year. But, Hoelscher said MU needs a plan.
"It's a core mission for the University of Missouri, health care for Missourians," he added. "That's why it's important that we make sure, in those areas that are rural, to make sure that they have access."
The Boonville Clinic might partner with Cooper County Memorial Hospital in order to bring in more money.