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For-profit hospitals give back as much as nonprofits, study finds
San Francisco Chronicle

California nonprofit hospitals — which receive tax breaks in exchange for the public benefit they’re supposed to provide — don’t necessarily offer any more free or “charity” care for poor patients than their for-profit counterparts, a new study shows. The study by researchers from UCSF and Oakland’s Highland Hospital found that nonprofit hospitals tended to spend a little more to provide free care to low-income patients than the for-profits. But when it came to paying patients’ unpaid medical bills both sides were even. Both sides spent less than 5 percent of their operating costs on uncompensated care.