Monday, April 13, 2009
A recent article in the Chicago Tribune will likely fuel concerns that nonprofit hospitals are getting tax breaks without providing enough charity care. Investigative reporters found evidence that a number of nonprofit hospitals in the Chicago area will stabilize patients who arrive at the ER but then send them to the Cook County's Stroger Hospital, the government-run hospital in Chicago. The result has been severe overcrowding at the county hospital and concerns about the costs transferred to the county along with the patients. Patients arrive at Stroger with discharge slips directing them to go to the county hospital. One man had a broken jaw, one had a tumor, and one discharge slip directed a woman to "Follow up at Cook County Hospital for uterine tumor surgery."