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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Patrick would bolster pharmacy oversight

More inspectors would be hired to scour compounding pharmacies following the outbreak of fungal meningitis blamed on a Framingham drug business, under the budget Governor Deval ­Patrick proposed Wednesday. And the state would resume coverage of full dental care for low-income adults next January, lifting the current prohibition on paying for fillings in back teeth.

Hospitals, which have balked at years of state spending cuts, would receive nearly $30 million more, or roughly a 5 percent rate increase, for their care of low-income patients, and $34 million would be used for implementing health care cost-control legislation passed last year.

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