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Hospital Competition and Charity Care

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  • Garmon Chris

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This paper explores the relationship between competition and hospital charity care by analyzing changes in charity care associated with changes in a hospital's competitive environment (due to mergers and divestitures), using hospital financial and discharge data from Florida and Texas. Despite the pervasive belief that competition impedes a hospital's ability to offer services to the uninsured and under-insured, I find no statistically significant evidence that increased competition leads to reductions in charity care. In fact, I find some evidence that reduced competition leads to higher prices for uninsured patients.

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  • Garmon Chris, 2009. "Hospital Competition and Charity Care," Forum for Health Economics & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 12(1), pages 1-35, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:fhecpo:v:12:y:2009:i:1:n:2
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    1. Cory Capps & Dennis W. Carlton & Guy David, 2017. "Antitrust Treatment of Nonprofits: Should Hospitals Receive Special Care?," NBER Working Papers 23131, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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