Board members of NHS North Yorkshire and York - which funds doctors' surgeries across the county - have announced they are more than £19m in debt.
They say it is partly because funding which had previously been available now isn't.
They will meet next week to discuss ways to reduce the debt.
The news comes after the board was criticised for spending £3.2m on home health monitoring systems - or telehealth systems - which are hardly used.
More top news
A heartbreaking photograph capturing the final moments of a six-year-old boy suffering from meningitis has been shared by his mother.
A cyclist who suffered a head injury in road traffic accident has returned to say thank you to the ambulance staff who saved his life.
A baby Otter is on the road to recovery after losing its mother during storm Doris.