Response from a Feature Author

Krenek, Jr., Bryant H.
June 2006
Frontiers of Health Services Management;Summer2006, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p39
The article presents the author's views on the status and role of not-for-profit (NFP) hospitals in the U.S. health care system. There is a general consensus among medical experts that NFPs are more likely to disappear than are for-profit hospitals. The author states it will not be financially feasible for an NFP to provide certain services needed by the community due to their not-for-profit approach, which gives rise to the public policy debate regarding care to the uninsured. NFPs have the further advantage of providing access in many situations where a for-profit would fail, thus fulfilling their mission and serving the taxpayer. The author also informs that NFPs are more focused on their local communities than are for-profits for both philosophical and market reasons.


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