US medical schools and teaching hospitals are still “struggling” financially

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3438
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Most US medical schools and academic medical centres have not made the systemic changes needed to maintain their financial health in the wake of the 2008 recession, says a report from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

    It says: “The near collapse of the US financial system in 2008 . . . did not spare the US healthcare system, including medical schools and teaching hospitals. Two years later, the media is still filled with reports about schools and hospitals that are struggling to survive.”

    One health system executive comments in the report: “Taking steps to protect the status quo ignores reality.”

    The association represents all 133 accredited US and 17 Canadian medical schools, about …

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