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Hospitals Charge More When Owned by Wall Street

A new paper in JAMA Internal Medicine reveals that hospitals acquired by private equity firms have larger increases in net income, charges, and some improvement in quality measures. Hospitals owned by private equity firms rake in almost 30% more income than hospitals that aren’t. Their total charges per inpatient day were about $400 higher, on average, and they saw a bigger gap between their costs and the prices they charged.

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