April 25, 2022
Skyrocketing inflation and rising costs for workforce, medicine, supplies, and equipment are straining hospitals across the country, according to a report released today from the American Hospital Association (AHA).
The publication of the AHA report comes as the nation’s health care leaders have convened in Washington, D.C., for the AHA Annual Membership Meeting. More than two years into the pandemic, America’s hospitals are facing enormous financial pressure that’s testing their ability to deliver care in their communities, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said in a statement.
“While we have made great progress in the fight against the virus, this report shows that we are not out of the woods yet when it comes to addressing the need to repair and rebuild our hospitals,” Pollack said.
“The pandemic has clearly demonstrated that America cannot be strong without its hospitals and health systems being strong,” he said.
Among the highlights in the report:
HAP applauds the AHA for its outstanding advocacy on behalf of the nation’s hospital community and joins in this critical effort to ensure hospitals have the necessary resources and support they need to care for the communities they serve.
The AHA report is available for review online. In addition, the AHA today released a podcast reflecting on the challenges facing U.S. hospitals, including perspectives from Philip E. Pandolph, FACHE, president and CEO of Meadville Medical Center.
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