Private health care costs more
Devereaux and colleagues present their systematic review and meta-analysis of 8 studies comparing payments for care at private for-profit and private not-for-profit and private not-for-profit hospitals in the United States. The pooled estimate of the 8 studies demonstrates conclusively that private for-profit hospitals are associated with higher payments of care.
The authors state this finding, combined with research they conducted previously that found private for-profit hospitals had higher risk-adjusted mortality rates, "strongly supports a policy of not-for-profit health care delivery at the hospital level."
In a separate commentary, Woolhandler and Himmelstein discuss the dangers of handing over health care services to private enterprise.
Source: Eurekalert & othersLast reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 21 Feb 2009
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