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Hospital construction

If someone suddenly asked me why I thought health care costs in this country keep escalating despite all the Medicaid cuts and reductions in employer-provided health benefits, the first thing that would come to my mind is all the new hospital construction.

Who knows if that's even part of the right answer or not. All I know is, I see a ton of money being spent on shiny new hospitals everywhere I look. In Denver, the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center is putting up some very impressive new facilities at the old Fitzsimons army medical base. In Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan is building new hospitals and biomedical research centers like it was their job. In Chicago, the University of Chicago has just finished the new Comer Children's Hospital, and Northwestern is building the new Prentice Women's Hospital.

I wonder how much of the philanthropy that's funding this hospital boom is actually helping people with little to no access to timely medical care...