Hospitals All Clear With Bill's Meager Charity Care Requirements
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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