A wave of new hospital construction and existing hospital expansions may have caused hospital prices in the Indianapolis market to rise, but the area has been able to sustain four heart hospitals built by the city's health systems, according to a new report. The report, by the Washington-based Center for Studying Health System Change, is derived from five Indianapolis site visits dating to 1996 and examines the evolving Indianapolis healthcare market. The center also issues community reports on 12 other metropolitan areas.
Indianapolis's four health systems have committed more than $1 billion to build new hospitals and facilities, mostly in the rapidly growing suburban Indianapolis area, according to the report, which also found that health plans reported that area hospitals are demanding large rate hikes to cover the cost of those expansions. But while each of the Indianapolis systems' also opened new heart hospitals in recent years, the systems suffered little financially, report said. View the report at hschange.org. -- by Mark Taylor