A longitudinal analysis of the distinction between for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals in America.

Academic Article


  • Have changes in the hospital industry forced not-for-profit hospitals to become more like for-profit hospitals in measures of efficiency and community service? As a result, are not-for-profit hospitals moving away from their community service missions? In recent years researchers have asserted that the once-salient distinctions between not-for-profit and for-profit hospitals are quickly eroding and that this convergence threatens the community service that not-for-profit hospitals have historically provided. Neo-institutionalists explain that regulatory changes often force differing organization types to pursue similar strategies (Fligstein 1991, 1985; DiMaggio and Powell 1983). Guided by this theory, the present research analyzes if regulatory changes and the implementation of similar strategies result in not-for-profit and for-profit hospitals having similar efficiency and community service outcomes.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • March 2001
  • Published In


  • Efficiency, Organizational
  • Hospitals, Community
  • Hospitals, Proprietary
  • Hospitals, Voluntary
  • Humans
  • Least-Squares Analysis
  • United States
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 11357717
  • Start Page

  • 17
  • End Page

  • 44
  • Volume

  • 42
  • Issue

  • 1