By Consumers for Quality Care, on April 19, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2023
CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Louisiana 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. CQC developed the Louisiana Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard based on recent findings from Axios, the Lown Institute, the Urban Institute, and others about troubling practices at hospitals in Louisiana. These practices are at odds with what the public expects from charitable organizations, especially since Louisiana 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:
“Nonprofit hospitals in Louisiana aren’t acting like nonprofits at all. Many are overcharging their patients while at the same time not being transparent about the prices they charge. Each year, they receive hundreds of millions more in tax breaks than what they spend on charity care. Louisiana’s nonprofit hospitals are making big bucks at the expense of their patients and Uncle Sam. That has to stop. These hospitals should either live up to their missions as charitable organizations or be held accountable for giving the taxpayer a raw deal.”
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.