Layoffs and hiring freezes at some Mississippi hospitals have health advocates worried.
Roy Mitchell of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program says it's not a quality issue. It's a matter of access.
"When hospitals are forced to make layoffs like this, it means they can afford to see fewer people," said Mitchell, whose organization promotes improved health policies.
It's not just a Mississippi problem. In the face of an economic downturn, uncertainty over Medicaid funding and other factors, hospitals around the nation are cutting their work forces and services.