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Myths and Facts About Health Reform Part III
The Health Care Blog

Summary: Short-term, at least, hospitals are winners. When it came to negotiating with reformers, they “got into the tent early,” and the reductions in Medicare increases that they accepted will be offset by an influx of paying patients. Granted, government payments to hospitals that take a disproportionate number of uninsured low-income patients will be slashed, but because there will be many fewer uninsured patients, most hospitals will come out ahead. Those that continue to care for larger share of those who can’t pay will receive additional payments.