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State: Mandated nurse ratios would add up to $949M to annual hospital costs

If a statewide ballot question passes in November mandating certain nurse-to-patient ratios, annual costs for hospitals and other facilities would rise by up to $949 million a year, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission reported Wednesday.
The commission's report adds a new objective voice to what has been a largely one-side-versus-the-other debate among how medical facilities should staff their nurses to treat patients.

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