Setting the Record Straight: The Provision of Uncompensated Care by Not-for-Profit Hospitals
Lewin, Lawrence S.
Eckels, Timothy J.
Miller, Linda B.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1988 May 5; 318(18): 1212-1215.
A soon-to-be-published study commissioned by Volunteer Trustees of Not-for-Profit Hospitals, and conducted by Lewin and Associates, is reported. The study was designed to develop an improved framework for more accurately defining and measuring uncompensated care, to review and assess the literature on comparisons of uncompensated care among investor-owned and not-for-profit hospitals, and to examine the actual differences in amounts of uncompensated care in five states: California, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. Consistent with the mission of the voluntary hospital sector, not-for-profit hospitals were found frequently to provide much more care to the low income and uninsured populations than do investor-owned facilities. (KIE abstract)
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