Public vs. Private Provision of Charity Care? Evidence from the Expiration of Hill-Burton Requirements in Florida
AbstractThis paper explores the consequences of the expiration of charity care requirements imposed on private hospitals by the Hill-Burton Act. We examine delivery care and the health of newborns using the universe of Florida births from 1989-2003 combined with hospital data from the American Hospital Association. We find that charity care requirements were binding on hospitals, but that private hospitals under obligation “cream skimmed” the least risky maternity patients. Conditional on patient characteristics, they provided less intensive maternity services but without compromising patient health. When obligations expired, private hospitals quickly reduced their charity caseloads, shifting maternity patients to public hospitals. There they received more intensive services, but did not experience improvements in health. These results suggest that public hospitals provided services less efficiently than private hospitals constrained to provide charity care.
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Publication status: published as Almond, Douglas, Janet Currie and Emilia Simeonova. "Public vs. Private Provision of Charity Care? Evidence from Hill-Burton Hospitals in Florida" Journal of Health Economics, Vol 30, Issue 1, pp 189-199, 2011.
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- Almond, Douglas & Currie, Janet & Simeonova, Emilia, 2011. "Public vs. private provision of charity care? Evidence from the expiration of Hill-Burton requirements in Florida," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 189-199, January.
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- I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
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