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Growth In For-Profit Hospices Could Impact Future Policies

by Published On: Jul 27, 2011
Journal for Law, Medicine and Ethics Summer 2011
An article in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics "critically questions" if the goal of profitability among for-profit hospice providers interfere with their ability to provide quality end-of-life care.

The article states that the for-profit hospice industry grew by 128% between 2001 and 2008, while not-for-profits expanded only 1%. The study cites other studies that have shown that for-profit hospices select longer-term patients resulting in higher profits.

Research has also shown that for-profit companies also tend to pay lower salaries and benefits to a less-skilled staff, and employ fewer registered nurses. 

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