Non-profit hospitals have appeared to be socially conscious, humanitarian institutions for a long time. I say, “have appeared to be” because that is the image they have sought to project. However, many (not necessarily all) of these non-profit medical facilities have a dark side.
I featured a different approach to caring for the poor two posts ago. That approach is in full gear with the Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0, which I described in that former post. The HIP 2.0 plan is using the basic approach touted by many free market advocates in providing a monetary account of $2,500 (that would imitate a market Health Savings Account) to each beneficiary and a High Deductible Health Plan, which is an “insurance plan” to cover medical expenses if the monetary account is exhausted.