Hospitals healthier when run by doctors, which rarely occurs

It doesn’t take a bean-counter to run a hospital. In fact, the better run a hospital is—from a patient standpoint—the more likely a doctor is in charge.

study out of Germany, but focused on 300 top-ranked American medical facilities, says doctor-led hospitals are 25% more likely to provide quality care than facilities run by administrators. The rating is even higher (33%) for cancer treatment at hospitals where physicians are in charge. However, as of 2009, only 235 of the 6,500 hospitals in the United States were led by physicians.

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