Growing Population and Expansion Offset High Rate of Uncompensated Care for Houston Hospitals

Friday, March 26, 2010 Hospital News J E 4
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 25 HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care market intelligence, reports that despite a high uninsured rate that has increased uncompensated care costs for Houston area hospitals, a growing population is driving construction of new hospitals and outpatient centers in the city's affluent suburban areas. According to the recent Houston Market Overview, with no state certificate-of-need hospital planning process in place to prohibit growth, the market is open for continued expansion, although the dynamics of the market favor larger health systems over their small, independent counterparts.

"Houston's high uninsured rate will continue to increase uncompensated care costs for the market's hospitals," said Deborah White, analyst with HealthLeaders-InterStudy. "This combination seldom permits hospital growth, but a growing population, particularly in Houston's affluent suburbs, will enable the area's health systems to continue to expand with new facilities and services."

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-- Health plans' influence in the market. -- Healthy Texas, a statewide health reinsurance program for small business owners. -- Employer response to health insurance premium increases.

SOURCE HealthLeaders-InterStudy


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