Impact of Technology on Community Hospitals and Their Patients
Dr. Feinberg: As a practicing physician and also as director of a community hospital, I experience impacts of proliferating technology that are somewhat conflicting. First of all there is a strong desire on the part of our doctors that we qualify fully as a tertiary hospital. Community hospitals are competing successfully with university hospitals for the local carriage trade. During the past 10 years our hospital has recruited specialists in nearly a dozen areas of medicine and surgery. Their livelihood requires that their hospital have the latest diagnostic and therapeutic technology. That has required new construction as well as other capital expenditures, including CAT scanner, linear accelerator and renal dialysis unit.
KeywordsCommunity Hospital Capital Expenditure Private Patient Literal Meaning Party Payer
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