Free or discounted care is available at some hospitals, but they don’t make it easy: The Washington Post

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Free or discounted care is available at some hospitals, but they don’t make it easy: The Washington Post

“When Ashley Pintos went to the emergency room of St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash., with a sharp pain in her abdomen and no insurance, a representative demanded a $500 deposit before treating her,” Jordan Rau writes in The Washington Post. “‘She said, “Do you have $200?” I said no,’ recalled Pintos, who then […]

How hospitals got richer off Obamacare: Politico

How hospitals got richer off Obamacare: Politico

“A decade after the nation’s top hospitals used all their advertising and lobbying clout to keep their tax-exempt status, pointing to their vast givebacks to their communities, they have seen their revenue soar while cutting back on the very givebacks they were touting, according to a POLITICO analysis,” Dan Diamond writes over at Politico. “Hospitals’ […]

Pa. hospitals lag in charity care for the poor: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

Summary: “Of the state’s 170 hospitals in 2014, Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, above, and 106 others, or 63 percent of them, provided charity care equal to less than 1 percent of their net patient revenue, according to an analysis of data from the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council,” Sean D. Hamill writes in The […]

Nontransparent transparency: Price lists from HCA, a for-profit chain

Filed Under: Costs, Health plans, Patients

When is transparency not really transparent? First: Whenever anyone does anything furthering the cause of transparency, we applaud. So when HCA Holdings, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, publishes price information, it’s easy to get excited. HCA, you remember, was the subject of a two-part series in The New York Times in August 2012 — […]