Debrief: Can We Afford Fewer Hospital Beds?

Apr 2, 2013

How many hospital beds does Rhode Island really need?

A new report finds the Ocean State might have more hospitals than it needs.
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That’s one question being considered in a new report from a state health care planning council. It comes at a time when a number of hospitals in the state are either up for sale, looking at new partnerships or struggling financially.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to talk about the health of the state’s hospitals and some of the surprising findings from this report.

For example: think more Rhode Islanders are traveling to Massachusetts hospitals than are receiving care at home? Think again.