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Nurses group says Tenet slashed charity care at Detroit Medical Center

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The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) has accused executives at Detroit Medical Center (DMC), owned by for-profit Tenet Healthcare, of cutting the hospital’s spending on indigent patients by 98 percent since 2013, when Tenet took over the hospital as part of its purchase of Vanguard Health System that year. Tenet had promised to maintain DMC’s historic commitment to charity care.

The MNA asserts that  DMC spent about $470,000 on charity care in 2016, down from almost $23 million in 2013.

DMC CEO Anthony J. Tedeschi, M.D., disputes the report’s conclusions, telling Michigan Radio that the MNA used  cherrypicked data. He also referred to contract negotiations between the hospital and the union, suggesting the report was an attempt to “distract us from what is most important.”

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