Series on hospitals in North Carolina

The Raleigh (N.C.) News  and Observer had a nice series last week (Prognosis Profits) on the hospital industry in the state, focusing on the profitability of non profit providers, and the difficulty of the uninsured navigating the system. Many assume that if you are uninsured you just show up and get whatever care you want, never pay, and suffer no harm. This is false.

The link to the entire series is here (~100 links, with some top notch reporting).

A few highlights of the series:

The bottom line for me from the story is that there is a great deal of public money flowing to support non profit hospitals in North Carolina, but that money could be spent in a more efficient manner that could provide a clearer answer to what patients can expect (to receive and to pay) if they are uninsured and need hospital care.

About Don Taylor
Professor of Public Policy (with appointments in Business, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute), and Chair of the Academic Council at Duke University . I am one of the founding faculty of the Margolis Center for Health Policy. My research focuses on improving care for persons who are dying, and I am co-PI of a CMMI award in Community Based Palliative Care. I teach both undergrads and grad students at Duke. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

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