When not-for-profit hospitals switch to for-profit status, their finances may improve but the quality of care they deliver remains about the same, concludes a new study from Harvard researchers.
Now that hospitals and other providers have become highly invested in nickel-and-diming their patients with fees that have little to do with the care they actually provide (they're also addition to the facility fees becoming more and more commonplace), here are some suggestions for some new fees:
1. Magazine Fee ($88.14). You are aware of those three-year-old copies of Highlights in the exam room? They don't pay for themselves.
2. Television Fee ($109.22). Ditto for the blaring television.
3. Television Turn-Off Fee ($84.14). Someone on the staff had to turn it off when you complained about that televnovela blasting out your ears. People can be so ungrateful.
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