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Hospital Competition and Charity Care

  • Garmon Chris

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    (Federal Trade Commission)

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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Article provided by De Gruyter in its journal Forum for Health Economics & Policy.

Volume (Year): 12 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (May)
Pages: 1-35

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Handle: RePEc:bpj:fhecpo:v:12:y:2009:i:1:n:2
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