And more evidence of kickbacks

February 3, 2011

When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail right?   When you own a hospital, everyone looks like a patient.  Yet another study that demonstrates kickbacks by Jean Mitchell, PhD:

Physician ownership of specialty hospitals altered the frequency of use for an array of procedures rendered to patients treated at these hospitals. Given the growth in physician-owned specialty hospitals, these findings suggest that health care expenditures will be substantially greater for patients treated at these institutions relative to persons who obtain care from nonself-referral providers.

Here’s the reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18580393

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