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The Paradocs Podcast


The Paradocs is a fun and lively discussion with a couple of docs on the practice of medicine. Occasionally serious, usually lighthearted, and accidentally informative. A show for physicians to learn more about what is going on and a great place for them to direct their friends and family to better understand the challenges they face.

Oct 2, 2019

 
Today's discussion is about hospitals. Namely, what does it mean to be nonprofit? Over half of all hospitals in the United States are not for profit entities - but do they really look differently than for profit institutions? That is the question that few politicians or those debating health care speak about. In many instances, one would be hard pressed to know whether hospitals are for profit by how they run.
 
Therefore, every health system looks like any other corporation and the pay within for administrators is rarely different. The main difference between the hospital systems turns out that the tax status changes allowing a huge tax advantage for nonprofit hospitals over for profit health businesses. The practical considerations are many that affect communities and the field of competition. For instance, not only do the local cities lose a tax base with every nonprofit piece of land but the fact that those hospitals no longer pay taxes it gives them a significant advantage over private physician offices, clinics, and medical rehabilitation centers.
 Richard Menger, MD Dr. Richard Menger is the Chief of Complex Spine Surgery. He is an assistant professor of neurosurgery and an assistant professor of political science at the University of South Alabama.

 

show notes


Non-Profit Hospitals are Making a Killing: Dr. Menger's piece from July 2019 at FEE.

Why the Feds will Eventually Force Physicians into Government Run Health Care:  Dr. Menger's piece from February 2019 at FEE.

LinkedIn for Dr. Menger can be found here.

Episode 022: Another discussion about non-profit status of hospitals with Dr. Craig Wax.

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