Why do more and more of Oregon’s hospitals seem to be joining together as conglomerates? Is healthcare reform hurting or helping the profitability of the state’s rural hospitals? Are these institutions taking on too much debt? Any why is it so hard to figure out how much a medical procedure is going to cost?
Finding answers to these questions requires first understanding what’s happening inside Oregon’s hospitals – how profitable they are, how many people they serve, and how much they pay their senior executives. Last year, The Lund Report published a multi-part investigation into Oregon’s 26 acute care hospitals. Today, we begin to expand upon that project by digging into additional data sources and looking at all 60 hospitals – both nonprofit and for profit -- in the state.