For-Profit Hospitals Loom Large on Health Care Scene
Culliton, Barbara J.
Science. 1986 Aug 29; 233(4767): 928-930.
A survey by the Institute of Medicine examined both factual matters and value questions connected with the provision of health care by investor-owned, for-profit hospitals. One inference drawn from the study data is that for-profit enterprise is not as bad as it has been portrayed. Costs at for-profit institutions are greater than at other hospitals. However, the recently implemented system of prospective payment for hospital reimbursement may force costs down for all hospitals. There are no apparent differences in care between for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals, though the for-profits provide less uncompensated care and devote less time to research and education. Not-for-profit health care institutions are also expanding into networking and are altering patterns of care delivery in response to economic factors. (KIE abstract)
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