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D. Profit-making Nursing Homes are More Likely than Non-Profits to Have Poor Quality Care

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.