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Opponents Use SCHIP Children's Health Care Bill to Attack Physician-Owned Hospitals: Doctors Call on Congressional Leadership to Remove Lobbyist Inspired Attack Reports PHA
Date:1/15/2009

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to Wednesday's attack on hospitals owned by America's physicians, Physician Hospitals of America declares that it is time for House and Senate Leadership to step in and ensure the future of hospitals that are operated by doctors who swore oaths to care for their patients.

The doctors are asking Leadership to remove the anti-physician language so that Congress can pass a clean SCHIP Bill for children. Last year anti-physician, special interest lobbyists tried their sneak attack by way of the Farm Bill and even the War Supplemental Bill, but were stopped.

"We are extremely disappointed in the House action," said Molly Sandvig, Executive Director of Physician Hospitals of America. "Physician-owned hospitals provide high quality health care to many Americans. Wednesday's vote will deprive our citizens, particularly Medicare beneficiaries, of the opportunity to have access to improved medical and surgical outcomes."

Ironically, the House vote will mean that even the children SCHIP is supposed to help will be prevented from access to many of the country's best hospitals.

The language contained in HR 2, the SCHIP reauthorization, will not allow hospitals to grow, seriously hampering them economically. Also, there will be no protection offered for hospitals under development and no physician investors in hospitals built after January 1, 2009 would be allowed to care for Medicare or Medicaid patients in these facilities.

There are currently 199 physician-owned hospitals nationwide. Together, these facilities employ more than 55,000 nurses, other health professionals and support staff. Critically, hospitals owned and operated by physicians themselves consistently are rated as safer and better by independent evaluations including those of the federal government. (See full list of hospitals below)

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