By Consumers for Quality Care, on January 9, 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2024
CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: South Dakota 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 South Dakota Hospital Scorecard was created based on recent findings from the Lown Institute, PatientsRightsAdvocate.org, Innovation for Justice, and other publications about troubling practices at hospitals in South Dakota. These practices are at odds with what the public expects from charitable organizations, especially since South Dakota nonprofit hospitals collectively receive billions of dollars in tax breaks each year.
In response to these disturbing findings, Consumers for Quality Care (CQC) released the following statement:
“Nonprofit hospitals in South Dakota are receiving tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks, despite charging patients huge markups for care and paying their executives multi-million-dollar salaries. On top of this, patient safety is declining in South Dakota hospitals, and nonprofit hospitals aren’t devoting enough resources to charity care for those in need. By all accounts, these nonprofit hospitals have their priorities backward. They should be focused on what’s best for their patients, not what’s best for 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.