Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 06/22/06 http://news.galvestondailynews.com/story.lasso?ewcd=1643091e651c638b The announcement Tuesday that the University of Texas Medical Branch would cut about 1,000 jobs in coming months is further evidence that our heath care system needs fixing. The university would not be losing all of the $20 million or so it has lost each year if we had a better way of paying for health care. One of the problems is the number of uninsured people. It’s a national problem, but one that’s worse here than anywhere. On average, about 16 percent of people in the United States are uninsured, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas, however, leads the nation with about 25 percent. Galveston County is ahead of the state average with more than 33 percent. So the medical branch is at ground zero, which has had ramifications for its budget. The organization ranks 19th among the nation’s 200 medical centers with the highest percentages of unrecoverable costs.