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Nonprofit hospitals being "insulated from the marketplace" thanks to generous tax breaks, which have "doubled over the course of the past decade".

"The value of tax breaks for nonprofit hospitals has doubled over the course of the past decade, new research shows, adding fuel to a long-standing debate on whether the hospitals are giving back enough to the public in return for their exemptions.... The rise in tax breaks contributes to a tension over hospitals’ high, often inconsistent prices. Some groups, such as nurses unions, take issue with large profits not going back to communities, while free-market conservatives argue that the exemptions are a public subsidization of businesses." -- Robert Gebelhoff, the Washington Post

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