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May 27, 2010

One way that ObamaCare will kill quality health care is by putting a chokehold on physician owned hospitals.  Tight regulations include a ban on expansion, restrictions on new investments, requirements to submit annual reports to the feds, and fines for failure to comply with new transparency rules, says the Heritage Foundation. 

For example: 

  • ObamaCare will cause development of 24 new physician-owned hospitals to cease.
  • An additional 47 will struggle to meet the deadline to complete construction and receive their Medicare certification. 

At a time when access to care will be in growing demand due to a greater number of insured Americans, Congress and the president should be doing everything in their power to expand access, especially to higher quality care.  Instead, Congress is effectively lowering the bar for hospital performance, says Heritage. 

ObamaCare is already certain to cause a major shortage of doctors.  The provisions affecting physician-owned hospitals will similarly affect access to hospital care, says Heritage.  

"At a time when we should be looking for additional ways to provide more access, this is going to have the opposite effect," says Molly Sandvig, executive director of Physician Hospitals of America. 

Source: Kathryn Nix, "Physician-Owned Hospitals Face New Regulations, Limits on Growth," Heritage Foundation, May 6, 2010. 

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