Health Care and Pursuit of Profit Make a Poor Mix - By EDUARDO PORTER NYTimes.comQuicklink submitted by Susan Lee Schwartz Permalink
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|'Hospitals run for profit are also less likely than nonprofit and government-run institutions to offer services like home health care and psychiatric emergency care, which are not as profitable as open-heart surgery... One study found that patients' mortality rates spiked when nonprofit hospitals switched to become profit-making, and their staff levels declined.... These profit-maximizing tactics point to a troubling conflict of interest that goes beyond the private delivery of health care. They raise a broader, more important question: How much should we rely on the private sector to satisfy broad social needs?'|
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