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Hospital Headlines Color Public Perception

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2012

The Public Conclusion
Using these select few media reports, it would not be far-fetched for some in the general public to conclude that hospitals are money-driven leviathans that deny care to the neediest, and that hire strong-armed private contractors to cow delinquent patients into paying for bills of wildly varying amounts that are based on murky and perhaps non-existent pricing schemes.

Of course, that is not a fair conclusion. However, it's understandable in a nation weathering prolonged economic stagnation and high unemployment, and with about 51 million people lacking health insurance.

Unfortunately, in tough times such as these, the perception can drive the reality.   

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John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.

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