At this year’s legislative session, Connecticut lawmakers discussed a bill that would make it easier for private, for-profit hospital companies to purchase physician practices from a nonprofit hospital that it planned to take over. Lawmakers have been wary of for-profit hospitals and what they could mean to the state, considering the fact that Connecticut currently only has one for-profit hospital. The main concern regarding these hospitals is figuring out if quality of care would be compromised in favor of savings for shareholders.
Some industry experts cite a long list of complaints, fines and legal settlements that have arisen from some of these for-profit hospitals. But, proponents of for-profit hospitals state they have made changes to their companies and that most hospitals in the state looking to be acquired feel comfortable to move forward.
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