NEW YORK – (nydailynews.com) In an opinion piece on nydailynews.com, the policy director for the Empire Center for Public Policy shares troubling information about the adequacy of New York State’s health care facilities.
On the federal government’s Hospital Compare report card, New York hospitals received low marks. In many cases, hospitals in the state were at or near the bottom, compared to other hospitals around the country. As of December 2017, the average score for New York hospitals was 2.32 out of a possible five stars. That average placed New York last among all 50 states in the U.S.
The federal Hospital Compare analysis rated 153 facilities in New York, and only one of those facilities received five stars: Manhattan’s Hospital for Special Surgery. More than 50 percent of the state’s rated facilities received only one or two starts. New York facilities as a whole ranked near the bottom on average length of stay and readmissions within 30 days. They also ranked second-lowest in the nation on operating margins and lowest on debt load.
At the same time that the state’s medical facilities received low grades on indicators of quality care, they showed higher-than-average costs for care. In 2014, the state spent more than $3,600 per capita on hospital care, which was the 14th highest amount in the United States. The results combined show that New Yorkers tend to receive lower quality care than they would almost anywhere else in the United States, and they tend to pay more for that care than they would pay for better care somewhere else.
The Daily News article’s author advocates for a change to New York’s laws, which currently discourage or ban private hospitals. If competition came to the industry in the form of privately-owned facilities, New Yorkers might have more options for quality medical care.
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