RICHMOND, Va. — Bon Secours Mercy Health is responding after Richmond Community Hospital was the focus of a New York Times investigation titled “Profit Over Patients” published Saturday.
Former and current employees told The Times that the East End facility lacked the resources to fully serve the community, putting lives at risk, according to the report.
Workers accuse Bon Secours, the Maryland-based nonprofit Catholic health care system that owns the hospital, of profiting from the Richmond facility through a federal prescription drug law.
The program, which allows some hospitals to buy drugs at half price and then bill patients and insurers closer to the full price, is designed so that hospitals in low-income communities can then reinvest that money in their facilities. .
But the Times report claims Bon Secours is using the system to reap hundreds of millions in profits.
Bon Secours officials responded in a statement saying they had invested millions in Richmond Community Hospital through programs and renovations.
“To suggest that we are not acting in full support of our important mission is baseless and we dispute such baseless allegations,” the statement read in part. “Today, we continue to build on the legacy of our founding congregation through our commitment to addressing health disparities.”
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