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Urban-Suburban Hospital Disparities Grow in Northern New Jersey
Disparities Could Increase Access and Quality Differences Among Urban and Suburban Patients
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The improving financial performance among suburban hospitals has fueled expansion and modernization efforts, while the smaller community hospitals in the urban communities surrounding the city of Newark are confronting declining admissions, growing charity care burdens and deteriorating financial performance. At the same time, safety net hospitals in Newark have financial and institutional protections that-for the time being-protect them from the economic decline experienced by smaller hospitals in surrounding urban communities.
"These developments raise the prospect of widening disparities in care among the three groups of hospitals and the patients they serve," said Paul B. Ginsburg, Ph.D., president of HSC, a nonpartisan policy research organization funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Other key findings of the report, Urban-Suburban Hospital Disparities Grow in Northern New Jersey, which is available here, include:
Northern New Jersey is one of 12 communities across the country tracked intensively
by HSC researchers through site visits. The new report is based on a March 2005
site visit and interviews with more than 75 Northern New Jersey health care
leaders, representing health plans, employers, hospitals, physicians and policy
The Center for Studying Health System Change is a nonpartisan policy research organization committed to providing objective and timely research on the nations changing health system to help inform policy makers and contribute to better health care policy. HSC, based in Washington, D.C., is funded principally by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is affiliated with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.