Date of Award

5-1-2007

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Health Management and Policy

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Nuha Lackan

Second Advisor

Jeff Talbert

Third Advisor

Douglas Mains

Abstract

Mitias, Marcus J. An Analysis of Texas Hospitals: Assessing the Association between Charity Care, Uncompensated Care, & Community Benefits. Master of Public Health (Health Management & Policy), May 2007, 47 pp., 5 tables, 11 illustrations, references, 45 titles. The question of whether not-for-profit hospitals are meeting their charitable obligations is once again starting to intensify. Congress is calling for increased scrutiny of not-for-profit hospitals. Similarly, pressure is mounting in Texas where the not-for-profit hospital sector struggles to justify the contributions they make to the community. This cross-sectional study examines the county level association between charity care, uncompensated care expenditures, and community benefits, and hospital structure, and the number of uninsured. Descriptive and multi-linear regression analyses are used to compare hospital charity care and uncompensated care expenditures in Texas. Results indicate the number of uninsured is significantly associated with charity care expenditures and uncompensated care expenditures.

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