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Behind the Push to Invest in Hospitals



If malaise is the future of our nation's hospitals, you wouldn't know it from the interest emanating from Wall Street. One theory that may explain the push to move cash into inpatient care through hospital and health system purchases says healthcare reform is the catalyst.



3 comments on "Behind the Push to Invest in Hospitals"
Todd (10/13/2011 at 12:00 PM)

Dan, Good comment. Totally agree on both points. Payors are sadly so slow to innovate and just seem to love their provider networks more than helping their customers save money. Personally, I would never have surgery at a US hospital. Much more risk in my opinion than at many JCI accredited facilities.
Dan Ross (10/10/2011 at 9:57 AM)

The unending increases in hospital spending centers on two future occurances. (1) The US will fail to properly integrate patient data and continue to allow Americans to suffer from total care fragmentation and uncontrolled chronic disease. (2) American payors not will take advantage of internationally certified hospital facilities springing up in foriegn countries, targeting American patients, available at 20 cents on the dollar. India is $4 billion building 1000s of rooms in the Cayman Islands.
Todd (10/7/2011 at 5:41 PM)

If hospitals think the cost shifting will continue ad infinitum, they are sorely mistaken. Employers have had enough! A more reasonable expectation is that some of these investors think these hospitals will STOP ACCCEPTING MEDICARE AND MEDICAID and become truly private facilities. Mayo, Cleveland, Duke, are you listening? Other local facilies will be left with the losing government business. Welcome to the world of two tiered health systems like the rest of the world. Todd