Narrator: This is Science Today. About two-thirds of all nursing homes in this country are profit-making and a new study has found that these institutions are more likely than their non-profit counterparts to be cited for deficient quality care. Study author Charlene Harrington, a professor of social and behavioral sciences at the University of California, San Francisco says that's because profit-making nursing homes often have inadequate staffing for patients.
Harrington: We found from national data on nursing homes is that only thirty-six percent of every dollar in a nursing home goes to the staff that are giving the direct care. So there's twenty-seven percent going off in administrative cost and a lot going off for paying for the building and so on.
Narrator: Harrington says this brings up the issue of accountability.
Harrington: Because they're being paid, largely by government, about sixty-five percent of every dollar comes from government and yet, the services are not being provided.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.