In 2010, physician-owned hospitals experienced a major setback. That's when the Affordable Care Act banned the construction of new physician-owned hospitals and restricted the expansion of existing POH facilities. Recently the debate over the pros and cons of POHs resurfaced with the introduction of House and Senate bills calling for a repeal of the ban.
Some would argue that there are enough practicing physicians in the United States — 767,000 at last count. They say the problem is this: (1) There aren’t enough doctors in the right places, and (2) There aren’t enough primary care physicians, especially family doctors.