Nonprofit hospitals in a competitive environment: Behavior in the Arizona indigent care experiment

J. B. Christianson, B. L. Kirkmanliff, T. A. Guffey, J. R. Beeler

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Abstract

The initial expectations of a group of urban nonprofit hospitals about the implementation of a prepaid, competitively bid program for the provision of indigent medical care were that their participation in the program would be limited to the provision of inpatient care on a subcontracted basis. In reality, as the program evolved, nonprofit hospitals played an increasingly active role which included the provision of care as a primary contractor on a full, risk-sharing basis. This evolution in nonprofit hospital behavior resulted from a change in the overall hospital environment in the community, as well as the somewhat negative experience of the hospitals as subcontractors and a more realistic assessment of the benefits and costs from participating in the program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-491
Number of pages17
JournalHospital and Health Services Administration
Volume32
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1987

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