Informing the Debate: Are Single Specialty Hospitals More Cost Efficient than Full-Service Hospitals?

October 2008

Can physician-owned, single specialty hospitals (SSHs) promote competition within local health care markets and subsequently decrease costs and improve quality? Kathleen Carey, Ph.D., and colleagues examined whether SSHs were more cost efficient than competing, full-service hospitals and found that SSHs, including cardiac and orthopedic hospitals, are not more cost efficient than full-service, acute care hospitals. Learn more in the HCFO Findings Brief.