- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to spend $2 billion in subsidies to help out the city’s faltering public hospital system.

The new funding, as part of the mayors proposed budget, was outlined in a report unveiled Tuesday.

Under the plan, the hospital system would get a $700 million increase for 2016, which would help close a budget gap expected to expand to $1.8 billion by 2020. The city will also make a $100 million capital investment in new infrastructure targeting community-based clinics.

The plan also focuses on increasing productivity and generating revenue by using technology to streamline day-to-day operations and enrolling the uninsured in affordable health insurance.

De Blasio says the plan will not close any hospitals or lay off workers, but expand health care in “high-needs communities.”

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