Physician-owned hospitals (POHs) have long-been a source of controversy. Critics say that doctors "cherry-pick" the most profitable patients –– those with the best insurance and those seeking easy, but expensive procedures –– while leaving poorer patients with more complicated needs to other hospitals

A study published in the British Medical Journal, however, suggests that the critics are wrong.  

"We found some evidence that POHs treat healthier patients than non-POHs but little evidence that these hospitals select more profitable patients or avoid poorer patients or those from ethnic and racial minority groups," the report stated.  

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