Study criticizes care at for-profit hospitals

April 21, 2000

Patients at for-profit hospitals are two to four times more likely than patients at not-for-profit hospitals to suffer complications after surgery or delays in diagnosing and treating an ailment, according to a new study.

The study, published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, examined records of 15,000 patients hospitalized in Utah and Colorado in 1992.

The authors were affiliated with Harvard Medical School.

"This study is another warning for those who would trust hospital care to the marketplace," said Dr. Gordon Schiff, a Chicago physician, in an editorial. "Hospital managers and even medical staffs are preoccupied with survival in the marketplace."

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