Challenges to Efficacy for Micro-Hospitals
Although micro-hospitals benefit patients by adding a convenient setting of care for patients who are located far away from most larger hospitals, critics have challenged their efficacy and claimed that micro-hospitals may increase cost of care. These critics claim that micro-hospitals do not typically offer significantly more services than an urgent care center, but can charge at higher hospital-rates. Critics claim this could lead to an inappropriate swelling of costs; however, this has not been demonstrated in practice.
Finally, one of the most important considerations for micro-hospitals is site-selection. Rather than a market necessity, health systems should evaluate potential markets for any gaps in care to see if those can be met with a micro-hospital. It is important to identify locations where there is a real need for additional services and a patient population able to provide sufficient volume for services. Therefore, accurately evaluating market need is essential.