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Ability to pay drives hospital length of stay

from HealthLeaders Media

Uninsured patients spend less time in the hospital than insured patients, according to a study that suggests that ability to pay plays a greater role than medical need when determining length of stay. "The only two explanations we could come up with are either people without insurance are being discharged prematurely or hospitals are keeping people who can pay longer to increase revenue," Arch G. Mainous, III, author of the study, told HealthLeaders Media. more

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