Idaho’s non-profit hospitals are pushing families into debt and even bankruptcy while holding millions of dollars in profits. Some hospitals have converted to for-profit and have pocketed millions of community asset dollars. Idaho should take steps to ensure affordable care and protect their community assets.
Many Idaho families do not have health insurance. By using federal funds, Idaho can expand access to Medicaid so more children and working families receive the important health coverage they need.
Many non-profit hospitals providing charity care around the Northwest are no longer maintaining their charitable missions. Non-profit hospitals should be held accountable to their primary obligations to serve the community.
The conversion of hospitals from non-profits to for-profits has turned community assets into private wealth and altered the level of service given to the communities they serve. This report discusses why the tradition of non-profit hospitals should continue.
Saint Luke’s, Idaho’s wealthiest non-profit hospital has millions in the bank and pays its top executives millions of dollars a year while turning low-income patients over to collection agencies or forcing liens upon their property. Change in hospital policies must occur.