Hospital near Gorge says it's overwhelmed with concertgoers

Hospital near Gorge says it's overwhelmed with concertgoers
Tens of thousands of music fans come from all over the country to the Gorge Amphitheater in Washington State for the annual music festival. The festival runs from May 23rd-25th and features over a hundred bands. May 23rd 2014. (Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)
QUINCY, Wash. (AP) -- Officials at Quincy Valley Medical Center say they were overwhelmed this past weekend with people from the Sasquatch music festival who overindulged in alcohol and drugs.

KPQ Radio reports the small rural medical clinic lost $400,000 last year in unpaid expenses due to the large numbers of uninsured patients from the music festival.

This year, Washington's new health care exchange was an event sponsor, in an effort to sign more young people up for insurance in Washington state.

It's too early to determine how effective that effort will be but it did not keep people out of the hospital over Memorial Day weekend.