Teaching a Tough Lesson

Competitive pressure to lower prices threatens the ability of academic health centers to provide highly technical specialized services, the Commonwealth Fund Task Force on
Academic Health Centers reports. Because of their social and academic missions, teaching hospitals offer a wide range of services, profitable or not, according to the report
"Health Care at the Cutting Edge: The Role of Academic Health Centers in Specialty Care." They are finding this increasingly difficult to do in a competitive market where their
costs for a given procedure may run twice as high as a community hospital's costs, the task force reports.