Tennessee-based national health care facility operator HCA Healthcare retains its 2021 position after a year that saw profits rise to nearly $59 billion from $51.5 billion. The company was called into action multiple times throughout 2021 as COVID-19 waves swept the country and sent hospital visits ticking upward. HCA has faced criticism in some areas of the country from consumer advocates who contend that it has boosted profits at its hospitals during the pandemic by reducing staffing and services; HCA says that such changes haven’t affected the quality of care. In the first months of 2022, HCA has received 2.1% more same-facility admissions relative to 2021 and 14.6% more emergency room visits.
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