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Hospitals All Clear With Bill's Meager Charity Care Requirements

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, September 25, 2009

While I'm sure even those hospitals that do an admirable job justifying their tax exemption are breathing a sigh of relief that yet another layer of bureaucracy hasn't been laid upon their desks, the bad actors get off pretty much scot-free and can continue to do so until the next politician needs to make headlines from the injustice of it all. Yes, it's a relatively minor piece of the healthcare reform bill, but a heightened standard and excise tax would have gone a long way toward making hospitals accountable for the charity we, as taxpayers, provide to them.

Instead, opacity reigns.

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Philip Betbeze is senior leadership editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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