A new poll commissioned by a small coalition of not-for-profit hospitals shows Washington, D.C.-area residents are overwhelmingly concerned about for-profit takeovers of hospitals.
The poll was conducted for the Washington-based Coalition to Protect Community Not-For-Profit Hospitals, a group formed last year by not-for-profit Inova Health System, Springfield, Va. At the time, Inova acknowledged that the coalition was started in response to opposition by for-profit Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. to an Inova merger in Alexandria, Va. (March 17, 1997, p. 2).
But Chris Orlando, who heads the coalition, said the group incorporated last year and Inova has stepped back. He said Inova holds just one seat on the coalition's five-member board.
According to the survey, 52% of those polled said they believe for-profit hospitals are more concerned with the bottom line than providing quality healthcare.
Done by a research firm, the poll involved 454 residents in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.