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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Health Care and the Recession

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The U.S. economy has been in recession for more than a year, the unemployment rate is climbing, the ranks of the uninsured are growing rapidly, and health care provider organizations are feeling the squeeze. What help can the federal government offer as part of the economic stimulus package? What will the increasing pressure mean for proposed health care reforms? And is there any silver lining in the clouds for the future of the U.S. health care system? In a roundtable discussion moderated by Dr. Thomas Lee, three experts in health policy, economics, and health care delivery — Drs. James Mongan, Jonathan Oberlander, and Meredith Rosenthal — explore the current and likely effects of the recession on U.S. health care and the prospects for systemic change. 
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AHP Recession Survey of Nonprofit Health Care Officials Finds Almost Half Expect Reduced Giving in 2009, Leading to Cuts in Hospital Construction and Equipment Purchases

AHP Board Chair Lisa Hillman, FAHP, said, "Even in challenging economic times, the AHPrecession survey shows our members will not cut back on critically needed programs that communities depend on for the well-being of all their citizens." Hillman is senior vice president and chief development officer for the Anne Arundel Health System based in Annapolis, Md.

Instead, budget trimming will come from construction and equipment purchases, according to the first major recession survey of 2009 compiled by the Association forhealthcare Philanthropy (AHP). More than three-quarters of fundraisers for nonprofit hospitals and health care systems say the current recession is negatively affecting their programs, with many predicting reduced donor expectations in 2009 leading to sharp cuts in construction and equipment purchases.

The Association for healthcare Philanthropy ( conducted the survey, which had almost 800 member respondents. AHP's members direct philanthropic programs in 2,200 of North America's health care institutions.

Almost half of the survey's respondents have reduced their giving forecasts for funding from grateful donors 

SOURCE Association for healthcare Philanthropy
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