Professor Robert Field was featured in a video, published on February 18, 2020 by CNBC, on why U.S. hospitals are closing.
Since 2010, more than 100 hospitals in rural communities and several in large cities have closed. Many of these hospitals, including Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, served low-income areas, where many patients rely on government-funded insurance rather than private insurance.
“Hospitals have increasingly been seeking better paying patients,” said Professor Field. “They want people who can pay on their own. They want people who have good insurance coverage, and they want people who are going to be treated for profitable conditions.”
Field also gave a presentation at the American Health Lawyers Association Academic Medicine and Teaching Hospitals Institute on “What Happens When a Teaching Hospital Closes? The Saga of Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia” in January.