- Physician owned hospitals put patient care back into the hands of physicians and out of the grasp of corporate health networks that care less
about patient care than adding to the financial bottom line.
- Physician ownership of hospitals is attacked by many general hospitals as a conflict of interest, hospitals that interestingly see no conflict when they reverse
the tables and own physician practices. Large hospitals, especially in the past 10 years, have been buying large medical groups and clinics. By purchasing a group
or clinic, they virtually prohibit a return to private practice by the physicians. These doctors become beholden to the hospital that issues their paycheck. Their
loyalties and livelihoods belong to the hospital. Under such circumstances, hospital employers of physicians have been known to monitor employed
physicians' referrals and insist on referrals to "loyal" surgeons who are then expected to send those patients to the designated hospital. The ultimate
conflict of interest is not physician ownership of hospitals, but rather hospital "ownership" of physicians.
- In its federally mandated report to Congress, MedPAC stated that the most common reason for physicians to establish surgical hospitals was
governance. "Physicians wanted to control decisions made about the patient care areas of hospitals so they could improve the quality of care provided,
improve their productivity, and make the hospital more convenient to them and their patients." Report to Congress, Physician-Owned Specialty Hospitals, March
2005, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), pgs. 7-8.
- Physicians know what's best for their patients. When physicians are in charge, patients benefit.
- Physician owned hospitals allow physicians more control over their lives. Surgeons do not need to be at the mercy of the general hospitals'
operating room schedules. Rather, they are allowed the ability to work in an environment that is best suited for the work they do - nurses and technical staff
are specialized, operating rooms have much faster turn around times, physicians have much more say in the equipment they are allowed to purchase and use, and
scheduling is more flexible. All of these factors lead to better quality of life for physicians who, just like anyone else, want to spend time with their families.
Information provided by the Physician Hospitals of America.