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Does hospital conversion bill go too far?

HARTFORD, Conn. – Lawmakers are struggling with the idea of allowing a private for-profit company to purchase nonprofit community hospitals in the state.

Tempers flared at the end of last year’s legislative session over a bill that would have made it easier for a private, for-profit hospital company to purchase physician practices from a nonprofit hospital that it planned to take over.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy vetoed the bill saying that it needed further consideration “to determine whether current law provides adequate safeguards to guard against any perceived or actual threat to the independence of medical decisions made by providers employed by for-profit entities.”

It’s an area where the state has little experience. The only for-profit hospital in Connecticut is Sharon Hospital.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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