By Consumers for Quality Care, on March 7, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2023
CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: New York 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 York Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard was created based on recent findings from the Community Service Society, the Lown Institute, Axios, and other organizations about troubling practices at hospitals in New York. These practices are at odds with what the public expects from charitable organizations, especially since New York 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:
“New York has a big problem: its nonprofit hospitals aren’t acting like nonprofits. Some are skimping on charity care while suing poor patients for unpaid bills. Others are not being transparent about their pricing while charging patients huge mark-ups well above the cost of providing them care. Patient safety is also declining. This is not what the public expects from ostensibly charitable organizations. Nonprofit hospitals in New York should put their patients first and be held accountable when they don’t.”
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.