Hospitals during recession and recovery: Vulnerable institutions and quality at risk

Jeremy B. Sussman, Lakshmi K. Halasyamani, Matthew M. Davis

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For generations, American hospitals have been considered recession-proof, but there is reason to believe the current economic crisis is an exception. Hospitals have shown declining financial margins and decreased admissions. The severe recession has adversely affected many hospitals' finances, creating a risk of closure and constraining plans for expansion. We believe there is also a risk of harming clinical quality, through decreased staffing that may limit the momentum of the hospital quality movement, especially in fiscally vulnerable institutions. We consider ways the federal government could aid hospitals by promoting hospital quality while providing employment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-305
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of hospital medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2010


  • Economics
  • Hospital
  • Quality
  • Recession

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Internal Medicine
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning
  • Assessment and Diagnosis


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