Wednesday, August 17, 2005

U.S. Losing Its Public Hospitals

MARGUERITE HIGGINS, WASHINGTON TIMES - Public hospitals are vanishing at a much faster rate than U.S. hospitals overall, according to a report. While the number of U.S. hospitals has decreased over the past decade, public hospitals in the nation's 100 largest cities and nearby suburbs recorded the sharpest drop, said the report by the State University of New York's Downstate Medical Center, a Brooklyn municipal hospital and medical college. The number of public hospitals declined by 27 percent in major suburbs, from 134 in 1996 to 98 in 2002, the report said. The number of public hospitals declined by 16 percent in major cities, from 83 to 70, said the report, the fifth in a series the center has done on hospitals in large cities and suburbs.

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