Ezekiel Emanuel: 'Long Live Fewer Hospitals'

Ezekiel Emanuel: 'Long Live Fewer Hospitals'

 A lengthy Reuters article about the continuing financial collapse of rural hospital systems quotes LDI Senior Fellow Ezekiel Emanuel's prediction that more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals will close by 2020.

The article quotes from Emanuel's recent book, "Reinventing American Health Care," that explains why local clinics can more efficiently take on many duties performed by hospitals, leaving hospitals to focus on the severely ill.
 
In his book, Emanuel wrote, "Long live fewer hospitals. Welcome to the new age of digital medicine." He predicted that the most vulnerable hospitals were small ones that routinely filled less than half their beds -- a description that is particularly relevant to rural hospitals.
 
Reuters reports that 24 rural hospitals have closed across the country since the start of 2013 and that's double the pace of the previous 20 months of closures.
 
Emanuel, PhD, MD, MSc, is Penn's Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and a former advisor for health policy to the White House Office of Management and Budget.