COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - Data posted online for South Carolina's 60 acute-care hospitals shows a wide disparity in their financial health, with bottom lines ranging from a four-year loss of $96-million to a profit of $223-million.
The state's Medicaid agency put the data on its website Thursday in an effort to encourage fact-based discussions about an industry at the center of the health care debate.
Director Tony Keck told The Associated Press he wants legislators and the public to have access to the information as the debate over whether to expand Medicaid eligibility under the federal health care law moves to the Senate.
The spreadsheets show the hospitals posted a combined profit from 2008 to 2011 of $2.6-billion.
But size and geography matter. Seventeen rural hospitals posted losses.
To review the hospital data, click on www.scdhhs.gov.