Recent studies published by Health Affairs highlight differences among hospitals according to tax status.
Fifty U.S. hospitals with the highest charge-to-cost ratios billed the uninsured ten times their Medicare-allowable costs during 2012. 49 out of the 50 such hospitals were for-profit. The article by Ge Bai and Gerard F. Anderson "Extreme Markup: The Fifty US Hospitals With The Highest Charge-To-Cost Ratios" appears in Health Affairs June 2015, vol. 34 No. 6, p. 922-928. LEARN MORE
Commentary on the article by Wendell Potter "For-profit hospitals mark up prices by more than 1,000 percent because there's nothing to stop them" adds insights of a former insurance insider. His piece was posted at Public Integrity on 6-15-15. LEARN MORE
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires non-profit hospitals to provide community benefits, such as care for the indigent, participation in means-tested public insurance, training of health professionals, research, and community health improvement. Sara Rosenbaum, David A. Kindig, Jie Bao, Maureen K Byrnes, and Colin O'Laughlin calculate the worth of these benefits and anticipate changes due to fewer uninsured. Their study "The Value Of The Nonprofit Hospital Tax Exemption Was $24.6 Billion In 2011" was published online ahead of the print issue of Health Affairs, June 2015. LEARN MORE