Incorporated in late 2002, the Alliances sole purpose is to protect and enhance the abilities of nonprofit healthcare organizations to serve society and their individual communities.
Through research, public education, and advocacy, the Alliance seeks to provide a strong, cohesive and persistent "voice" for a wide range of nonprofit healthcare organizations sharing many common goals and challenges--hospitals, health insurers, nursing homes, malpractice liability insurers, home care providers, and others. In addition, through education and other types of programs, the Alliance seeks to enhance the performance of nonprofit healthcare organizations in carrying out their unique roles and responsibilities.
Nonprofit healthcare organizations, whether involved in the financing and/or delivery of services, have long been the backbone of the American healthcare system. The reasons for governments and businesses traditional support of this "third sector" lie in a number of basic beliefs and values held by most Americans:
Health care, like education, is a "public good" or "social service", essential to human dignity and the pursuit of happiness.
The overriding purpose of nonprofit healthcare organizations is to "do good" for the benefit of their communities. Unlike investor-owned organizations, which are economically driven and legally obligated to do well financially for their owners, with profits primary, nonprofit healthcare organizations are obligated along with government at all levels to meet societys needs for medical education and research and to advocate for and meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of their communities. Profits of nonprofit healthcare organizations do not inure to the benefit of individuals and, while necessary over the long run, are secondary.
With a fluctuating economy, rising healthcare costs, government and business cutbacks in their commitments to healthcare, pressures at all levels for tax relief, and ever increasing numbers of uninsured and underinsured (over 15% of the U.S. population are without any health insurance protection, as of 2002), never have nonprofit healthcare organizations been more needed to fill the gaps. Yet, their ability to do so is severely challenged by a variety of forces, including but not limited to:
In light of the above, the Alliance seeks to:
In pursuing these objectives, the Alliance will collaborate wherever possible with other alliances and associations that share common interests and constituencies. The Alliance believes in synergy, and in building upon, not duplicating or re-inventing, the efforts of others.