Lakeside Hospital Case
A hospital just can’t afford to operate a department at 50 percent capacity. If we average 20 dialysis pa- tients, it costs us $425 per treatment, and we’re only paid $250. If a department can’t cover its costs, includ- ing a fair share of overhead, it isn’t self-sufficient and I don’t think we should carry it.
Peter Lawrence, M.D., Director of Specialty Services at Lakeside Hospital, was addressing James Newell, M.D., Chief Nephrologist of Lakeside’s Renal Division, concerning
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