By Consumers for Quality Care, on September 25, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2023
CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: New Jersey 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 New Jersey Hospital Scorecard was created based on recent findings from the New Jersey Policy Perspective, the Lown Institute, PatientsRightsAdvocate.org and other organizations and publications about troubling practices at hospitals in New Jersey. These practices are at odds with what the public expects from charitable organizations, especially since New Jersey nonprofit hospitals receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks each year.
In response to these troubling findings, Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) released the following statement:
“Nonprofit hospitals are granted tax-exempt status with the expectation that they will offer health care to patients without saddling them with medical debt. Unfortunately, New Jersey nonprofit hospitals are failing to uphold their obligations as charitable entities, prioritizing profits over the welfare of the patients they are meant to serve. Chris Christie is running for election to the highest office in our nation, and yet, nonprofit hospitals in his home state of New Jersey are too often falling short. New Jerseyans and Americans across the country deserve protection from the predatory practices employed by the institutions they rely on in times of need.”
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.