Health Care for the Poor and Uninsured After a Public Hospital's Closure or Conversion

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Health Care for the Poor and Uninsured After a Public Hospital's Closure or Conversion

Abstract

Researchers studied the impact of public hospital closures or conversions in Milwaukee, Boston, Tampa, Philadelphia, and San Diego. The good news is that some localities seem to have invented a better way to deliver and finance care for the poor at an affordable price. The bad news is that it is at best a struggle to maintain funding for indigent care in the absence of a public hospital. The authors conclude that a robust local safety net needs non-local funding, and safety net policies need to be made at local and higher levels of government.

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