By Consumers for Quality Care, on July 18, 2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2023
CQC Nonprofit Hospital Scorecard: Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin Hospital Scorecard was created based on recent findings from the Lown Institute, Kaiser Health News, and other organizations and publications about troubling practices at hospitals in Wisconsin. These practices are at odds with what the public expects from charitable organizations, especially since Wisconsin nonprofit hospitals collectively 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 in Wisconsin are overcharging their patients while underspending on charity care. Some even have policies allowing them to take legal action against working-class patients when they can’t afford to pay. That’s not right. These same nonprofit hospitals are raking in hundreds of millions in tax breaks each year. They have a moral obligation – if not a legal one – to put their patients first, before their profits. Wisconsin’s nonprofit hospitals are giving the public the short end of the stick. They must provide greater access to affordable, quality health care, or 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.