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Physician Hospitals (PHA) Responds to TIME Magazine Article: Filled With 'Incorrect Assumption and Innuendo'
Date:7/15/2009

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The TIME Magazine article "How Healthcare Reform Could Hurt Doctor-Owned Hospitals" (7/13/09) correctly states that physician owned hospitals would be hurt by pending health reform legislation; however, there is little else in the article that can pass as anything more than incorrect assumption and innuendo says Physician Hospitals of America (PHA).

Physician ownership of hospitals is not new and they are not "upstart competitors" as portrayed in the magazine. Physician ownership of hospitals has a long and distinguished history in the United States. Physicians and surgeons often opened and owned the first hospitals in their communities. Some of these evolved into important medical centers that set new standards of excellence, just as they continue to do today.

Physicians' current interest in hospital ownership comes from the realization that medical care is no longer controlled by the providers, but is dominated by administrators and medical conglomerates that have lost sight of the real task - taking care of people who are sick or injured. Physicians have also been the buyers of last resort of hospitals abandoned by their corporate owners even though they were still needed by their communities.

The TIME article focuses on "facilities owned by doctors that perform some of the most lucrative medical procedures in fields like orthopedics and cardiology," however, pending legislation affects any hospital that has any amount of physician investment, regardless of the kinds of services provided, notes PHA Executive Director Molly Sandvig.

"Currently, there are over 220 physician owned hospitals in 33 states and only 32 are 'single specialty hospitals,' such as those referred to in the TIME article," said Sandvig. "Of these, many are among the best hospitals in the state in their field. The remainder include
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