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Healthc Financ Manage. 1999 Sep;53(9):52-5.

For-profit chains seek to acquire successful not-for-profit hospitals.

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  • Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, USA.


Over the last decade, investor-owned hospital corporations have grown primarily by acquiring other for-profit hospital chains or stand-alone for-profit institutions. Between 1990 and 1995, however, these corporations also acquired nearly 50 not-for-profit hospitals and converted them to for-profit status. An examination of the long-term financial condition of 39 not-for-profit hospitals acquired by various investor-owned hospital corporations between 1992 and 1996 was conducted using free-cash-flow accounting valuation. The results suggest that, initially, only not-for-profit hospitals in dire financial straits were candidates for acquisition and conversion to for-profit status. More recent acquisitions increasingly have involved more successful not-for-profit hospitals.

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