The third and final installment of our American Healthcare series examines the evolution of the American hospital system. There are more than 6,000 hospitals in the United States and several distinctions among them. After a quick recap of the first two episodes, we look primarily at the peculiar designation of nonprofit hospitals, their relationship to practitioners and their role in driving costs in the system. We conclude the series with a few hot takes from medical professionals, some basic proposals to improve coverage and care and ask what it would take to move toward Medicare for All.
Chapter One: What’s a Hospital? 00:13:59
Chapter Two: For-Profit and Nonprofit Hospitals. Two sides of the same damn coin. 00:17:56
Chapter Three: Turning Doctors into Business People. 00:31:07
Chapter Four: Bring it home, Max. 00:36:09
Post Show Musings: 00:50:39
Book Love: 01:10:43
OECD.stat: Health Care Resources: Hospitals
EOS Surfaces: Types of Hospitals in the US
American Hospital Association: Fast Facts on U.S. Hospitals, 2022
Becker’s Hospital Review: 82 Physician-Owned Hospitals to Know
AMA Journal of Ethics: Physician-Owned Hospitals and Self-Referral
NPR’s Planet Money: How Non-Profit Hospitals Are Driving Up The Cost Of Health Care
Weatherby Healthcare: Physician salary report 2022: Physician income rising again
The New York Times: Why Are Nonprofit Hospitals So Highly Profitable?
The New England Journal of Medicine: Practicing Medicine in the New Business Climate
The New England Journal of Medicine: Is Quality Improvement Improving Quality? A View from the Doctor's Office
The Commonwealth Fund: International Health Care System Profiles- France
Congress.gov: H.R.1 For the People Act
The Lever: Where Did The Public Option Go?
UNFTR Episode Resources
Nelson Lichtenstein: State of the Union: A Century of American Labor
Mark Vonnegut: The Heart of Caring: A Life in Pediatrics
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