Report: Community hospital care comparable to academic, and it's cheaper

11/18/2004 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Community hospitals perform just as well in treating common illnesses and conditions as academic medical centers and do so for substantially less money, a new report says. A researcher compared patient outcome for 41 illnesses at community versus teaching hospitals in Massachusetts, Virginia, Illinois, Florida, New York and California, and found patients had lower rates of some post-surgical complications in teaching hospitals, but were slightly more likely to suffer certain infections and death.

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