The sickness that has spread through the economy with the speed of a pandemic has spread to the health care industry. Tightening credit markets are leaving hospitals strapped for cash. What does this mean for us? Hospitals will be delaying improvements such as new emergency rooms and updating high tech equipment such as MRI machines. Worse still, with the economy not showing any signs of turning around any time soon, hospitals will likely fall further into debt as they have an increasingly hard time collecting bills from patients.