Texas is home to approximately half of the physician-owned hospitals in the country. Last year the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Association of Business launched a series of unsuccessful bills in an effort to discourage new facilities. All but one of the attempts failed. Texas hospitals run by physicians will now have to inform patients of potential conflict of interest. Houston Town and Country, a 99-bed full-service facility operated by a consortium of 120 area physicians, is an example of the kind of new venture that is stirring up controversy.
- see this article from The Houston Chronicle