By Consumers for Quality Care, on April 19, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2023
CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: California Nonprofit Hospitals Earn a #HospitalFail
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite being tax-exempt, nonprofit hospitals across the country are making big money at the expense of their patients. The California Hospital Scorecard was created based on recent findings from the Lown Institute, Axios, PatientsRightsAdvocate.org, and other publications about troubling practices at hospitals in California. These practices are at odds with what the public expects from charitable organizations, especially since California nonprofit hospitals collectively receive billions of dollars in tax breaks each year.
In response to these troubling findings, Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) released the following statement:
“Hospitals in California are charging patients huge markups at a time when patient safety is declining. Meanwhile, nonprofit hospitals in particular are leaving the public with the short end of the stick as they reap billions more in tax breaks than they provide in charity care to needy patients. That’s wrong. Hospitals – especially nonprofit hospitals – should be focused on their patients, not on their bottom lines.”
Visit CQC’s Nonprofit Hospital Scorecards here.
Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) is a coalition of advocates and former policymakers working to provide a voice for patients in the health care debate as they demand better care. CQC is led by a board of directors that includes the Honorable Donna Christensen, physician and former Member of Congress; Jim Manley, former senior advisor to Senators Edward Kennedy and Harry Reid; Jason Resendez, community advocate and health care strategist; and Mary L. Smith, former CEO of the Indian Health Service.