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Tuesday, December 19th 2006

For Profit, Not For Care

From Managed Care Matters comes word of a Harvard study that finds as a generalization you’ll get better care at a not-for-profit hospital. The study looked at congestive heart failure, acute myocardial infarctions, and pneumonia in 4,000 hospitals.

[F]or-profit hospitals consistently underperformed not-for-profit hospitals for each condition, with odds ratios (ORs) ranging from 0.79 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.78-0.80) for the congestive heart failure composite measure to 0.90 (95% CI, 0.89-0.91) for the pneumonia composite. Major teaching hospitals had better performance on the treatment and diagnosis composite (OR, 1.37; 95% CI, 1.34-1.39) but worse performance on the counseling and prevention composite (OR, 0.83; 95% CI, 0.82-0.84). Hospitals with more technology available, higher registered nurse staffing, and federal/military designation had higher performance.

Makes you kind’ve want to laugh at the elitists across the street from the medical school at the city’s largest for-profit hospital. Granted their beds are more comfortable, and there’s not some crazy person yelling on the other side of the curtain….