Originally Posted by Tom.Jay61
The Catholic Church has perhaps the most extensive private health-care delivery system in the nation. It operates 12.6 percent of hospitals in the U.S., according to the Catholic Health Association of the U.S., accounting for 15.6 percent of all admissions and 14.5 percent of all hospital expenses, a total for Catholic hospitals in 2010 of $98.6 billion. Whom do these hospitals serve? Catholic hospitals handle more than their share of Medicare (16.6 percent) and Medicaid (13.65) discharges, meaning that more than one in six seniors and disabled patients get attention from these hospitals, and more than one in every eight low-income patients as well. Almost a third (32 percent) of these hospitals are located in rural areas, where patients usually have few other options for care.
And every single one of those hospitals will close there doors by 2014.
I'm sure B.O. has thought this through. I'm sure he's got some committee pulling an all-nighter ironing out all the nuances.
Okay, so no Catholic-affiliated hospitals in rural areas by 2014 in America. That's your prediction? By the way, those Medicare and Medicaid recipients earn the Catholic hospital money. It's not charity. In fact, there's almost no such thing as charitable hospital like there was before Medicare and Medicaid.