ERIC Number: ED340311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-1
The Financial Status of Teaching Hospitals [and] The Underrepresentation of Minorities in Medicine. Second Report.
Council on Graduate Medical Education.
This study examines the evidence of deteriorating financial status for many of the nation's teaching hospitals, and the continuing underrepresentation of minorities in medicine. The study of teaching hospitals used existing financial data and information on both non-federal and Veterans Administration teaching hospitals. Results suggested the following: hospital and patient margins have decreased; hospital bond rating changes were primarily downgrades; high levels of uncompensated care and low third-party payments threaten the financial health of hospitals and jeopardizes quality medical education and service to the poor; operating margins have fallen steadily; and cost controls must be vigorously pursued. The examination of minority representation in medicine drew on presentations and data from a comprehensive range of authorities in the field. Findings suggested the following conclusions: the minority applicant pool continues to decrease; problems of minority recruitment are linked to poor academic preparation and insufficient encouragement; minority students incur higher debt levels and are more severely impacted by rising tuition costs; and underrepresentation of minorities on medical faculty discourages recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of minority students. Included are commentaries from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Health Care Financing Administration, and a list of 25 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Council on Graduate Medical Education.