The Changing Hospital Industry: Comparing Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Institutions

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David M. Cutler
University of Chicago Press, Dec 1, 2007 - Medical - 378 pages
In recent years, the hospital industry has been undergoing massive change and reorganization with technological innovations and the spread of managed care. As a result, the total number of hospitals countrywide has been declining, and a growing number of not-for-profit hospitals have converted to for-profit status. These changes raise two fundamental questions: What determines a hospital's choice of for-profit or not-for-profit organizational form? And how does that form affect patients and society?

This timely volume provides a factual basis for discussing for-profit versus not-for-profit ownership of hospitals and gives a first look at the evidence about new and important issues in the hospital industry. The Changing Hospital Industry: Comparing Not-for-Profit and For-Profit Institutions will have significant implications for public-policy reforms in this vital industry and will be of great interest to scholars in the fields of health economics, public finance, hospital organization, and management; and to health services researchers.
 

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Contents

I Hospital Conversions to ForProfit Form
11
II Medical Care Quality in ForProfit and NotForProfit Organizations
91
III Managed Care and Hospital Quality
227
IV Taxation and Information
283
Contributors
357
Author Index
361
Subject Index
365
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David M. Cutler is a professor of economics at Harvard University, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and the editor of Medical Care Output and Productivity, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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