A reader sends me this tip: Newt Gingrich speaks out against specialty hospitals.

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  • dr john

    Can you sense Gingrich’s panic?
    Long an outspoken advocate of EHRs and pay-for-performance, it has just dawned on Newt that the necessary response to these schemes will be that doctors–and their MBA bosses–will “cherry-pick” the best patients.
    Furthermore, his response to this long-overdue insight is to propose more government regulation.
    Am I the only one who sees the irony here?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have any stake in any doctor owned specialty hospital. I was impressed,however, with the quality of care given to my daughter who had a surgical procedure in a specialty hospital. Everybody was nice and efficient and everything seemed clean and they attended to the needs of the family very well. It made me feel comfortable that my daughter would probably not contact a hospital acquired infection such as MRSA.The atmosphere was very relaxed. The doctors who owned the “business” have made sure that the “customers”were happy. Doctors usually don’t care about that part when practicing in the hospital.I would certainly prefer to use this facility again for a minor procedure. It gives us consumers another choice for quality care.

  • Anonymous

    Newt Gingrich complains about MD conflicts of interest when they invest in specialized hospitals, but 4 government studies have found no harm to patients, health plans or other hospitals. He should check his facts. Besides, his Center for Heatlh Transformation is funded by the American Hospital Association, HCA and Sutter Health, all enemies of physician owned specialty hospitals. I think Newt should have disclosed his own conflict before he made his allegations against doctors.

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