These 11 Michigan Non-Profit Hospital Organizations generated Total Bottom Line Net Income of a very modest 5.8% of Total Operating Revenues in 2013 and an even more modest 4.3% in 2012.
Only 1 of the 11 Michigan Non-Profit Hospital Organizations posted a Bottom Line Profit Margin of above 8.1% in 2013.
It should be pointed out that these are modest Bottom Line Profits of these largest, financially strongest Michigan Hospital Organizations which even include very robust Investment Returns due to the hot stock market in both 2013 and in late 2012, and thus on an Operating Income (Loss) basis, these Profits are substantially lower in both 2013 and in 2012.
To illustrate this latter point, by far the largest of these Michigan Hospital Organizations is Trinity Health, which had Total Investment Returns of $371 mil in 2013 included in Non-Operating Income, which was higher than its Total Operating Income of $305 mil also in 2013.
Below are the Bottom Line Net Income and Total Operating Revenues for each of these 11 Michigan Non-Profit Hospital Organizations for both 2013 and 2012:
|Michigan Hospital Organ||City HQs||End||Income||Revenues||Margin||Income||Revenues||Margin|
|mil $s||mil $s||%||mil $s||mil $s||%|
|Lakeland Hospitals||St Joseph||Sep 13||67||327||20.5%||58||323||18.0%|
|Spectrum Health System||Grand Rapids||Jun 13||318||3,937||8.1%||81||3,850||2.1%|
|McLaren Health Care||Flint||Sep 13||186||2,487||7.5%||243||2,223||10.9%|
|Munson Healthcare||Traverse City||Jun 13||42||564||7.4%||42||564||7.4%|
|Trinity Health||Livonia||Jun 13||666||8,978||7.4%||367||8,469||4.3%|
|Sparrow Health System||Lansing||Dec 13||66||1,144||5.8%||79||1,125||7.0%|
|Oakwood Healthcare||Dearborn||Dec 13||66||1,160||5.7%||40||1,194||3.4%|
|MidMichigan Health||Midland||Jun 13||24||571||4.2%||7||544||1.3%|
|Beaumont Health System||Royal Oak||Dec 13||66||2,275||2.9%||109||2,243||4.9%|
|Bronson Healthcare Group||Kalamazoo||Dec 13||13||516||2.5%||42||902||4.7%|
|Henry Ford Health System||Detroit||Dec 13||14||4,560||0.3%||37||4,485||0.8%|
|Total all 11||1,528||26,519||5.8%||1,105||25,922||4.3%|
More than anything, Hospital Patient Charges drive US Health Care Costs. When you view a typical US Hospital bill for patient services, it is easy to understand why US Health Care Costs are so much higher than that in any other major country.
One reason US Hospital bills are so high is that many of the larger Non-Profit Hospitals Systems set their pricing for hospital procedures so that they make a lot of money and retain it tax free, further increasing their already massive treasure chest of Investments in Equity and Debt Securities, which also grow tax free.
Thus, US Hospitals are playing a key role in determining ultimately whether health insurance premiums are fairly priced on the health insurance exchanges.
Well, as you can see from the above very modest profit amounts along with my earlier discussion of them, Michigan is one State whose large Non-Profit Hospital Organizations are not being greedy in generating high profits.
With Michigan Hospitals generating such modest profits, a key beneficiary will be Michigan citizens buying health insurance on the Health Insurance Exchange. Michigan Hospitals, for the most part, have not been nor will they be baking in excessive Hospital profits demands in their negotiations with health insurance companies on pricing for hospital procedures which ultimately determines what insurance premiums are set by health insurance companies on the Health Insurance Exchange.
Another factor which will help keep insurance premium prices reasonable in the Health Insurance Exchange is that Michigan has wisely elected to expand Medicaid. This will increase nearly all Michigan Hospital profits substantially and thus permit Michigan Hospitals to be even more reasonable in their negotiations with health insurance companies on pricing for hospital and other health care procedures which ultimately drives what health insurance premiums are set at by health insurers on the Health Insurance Exchange.