Hill-Burton Act


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Hill-Burton Act

a 1946 amendment to the U.S. Public Health Service Act authorizing grants to states for surveying their hospital and public health center needs and for planning and constructing additional facilities. Subsequent amendments authorized federal funding for as much as two thirds of the cost of construction projects and broadened the scope of the legislation to include diagnostic and treatment centers, long-term treatment centers, and nursing homes and to aid in modernization of existing hospitals. Also called Hospital Survey and Construction Act.

Hill-Bur·ton Act

(hil-bŭr'tŏn akt)
U.S. Federal law that provided funds to improve hospitals that had become obsolete because of lack of money during the Great Depression and World War II (i.e., 1929-1945); hospitals receiving the grants were required to provide uncompensated services for 20 years to indigent patients. Because matching funds were required from the municipalities, the act had little benefit for poor people.
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In 1946, Congress passed the Hill-Burton Act, providing federal grants and guaranteed loans to build or improve nonprofit hospitals.
The federal power of the purse was first applied in eliminating segregation in Veteran's Administration (VA) facilities, then to medical schools seeking National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, and, finally in an important legal precedent, to voluntary hospitals receiving funds under the Hill-Burton Act of 1946.
This latest Certificate of Need approval represents a noteworthy transition from the standalone community hospital created by the Hill-Burton Act of 1946 intended to meet 20th century, post-war healthcare needs, to creating a more sustainable, long-term healthcare model that provides high quality healthcare through innovative technology, partnerships and access to the right care for the right need at the right time.
In the 1950s, concern about the quality of nursing home care and the desire for healthcare reform led to the passage of the Hill-Burton Act, which funded new nursing home construction with the proviso that in order to get the money, the nursing home had to be affiliated with a hospital.
Shortage was a consistent phenomenon throughout the twenty five years, but it was particularly aggravated by passage of the federal Hill-Burton Act of 1946 which provided for the building of hospitals, but did not make provision for staffing them.
Under the 1946 Hill-Burton Act, the federal government subsidized the construction of nonprofit hospitals on condition that those hospitals would treat patients who lacked insurance and could not afford to pay for health care.
In 1975, the Hill-Burton Act was amended and became Title XVI of the Public Health Security Act.
Costs are escalating, there are aging facilities built under the Hill-Burton Act, access to capital is not great and they are using their endowments to handle operations," Callender says.
For example, such suits have been brought in the past to enforce hospital obligations to provide charity care under the Hill-Burton Act.
The Hill-Burton Act provided almost unlimited funds for hospital construction and new and expanded facilities flourished.
AAHA was instrumental in early legislative efforts such as the creation of the Older Americans Act, Medicare and Medicaid, and the Hill-Burton Act.
Similarly, after World War II, Congress passed the Hill-Burton act in 1946, which set off the federal government's move to spend $4 billion modernizing and building hospitals around the country.