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Mortality higher at for-profit hospitals

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 08 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1351
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Patients in for-profit hospitals in the United States are more likely to die than those in non-profit hospitals, a new systematic review and meta-analysis says. The study, by researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and the University of Buffalo, New York, has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (2002;166:1399-406).

    Besides the implications for the United States, the study fuels debate in Canada over whether private, for-profit hospitals should be allowed to enter the marketplace in an overhaul of Canada's national health insurance plan. The Commission on the Future of …

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