Teaching hospitals shape the future of medicine by educating caregivers and providing clinical research in new procedures, technology, treatment and medications. They also are a major provider of indigent care. Key conclusions in the report: Teaching Hospitals: Their Impact on Patients and the Future Health Care Workforce examines the unique role teaching hospitals play in our nation’s health care system, and the financial challenges they face. Assuring Medicare's support for the special missions of teaching hospitals will ensure stability for these institutions as they continue to train future physicians in this country and help ensure the successful reform of our health care system. Other key findings include:
In addition to training future physicians and health professionals, teaching hospitals conduct lifesaving research and provide specialized services not offered at other facilities;
They support the health care safety net, accounting for about half of all Medicaid admissions and uncompensated care;
They treat 96% of burn care patients and 91% of pediatric intensive care patients, and perform 76% of heart transplants;
Teaching hospitals also are major economic engines in their communities, directly employing 2.7 million people and contributing more than $1 trillion to the economy in 2007.
For a copy of the report, go to www.aha.org and look in the “Research and Trends” section