Most Nursing Homes Are For-Profit Businesses
The government is not typically in the business of running nursing homes; instead, it pays the expenses for Medicare and Medicaid residents to private facilities that offer nursing care. Because they are businesses, they want to maximize their profits; that’s simply what the owners and investors are interested in. This is what is called “profits over patients,” a scheme to generate
more money at the expense of the physical and emotional well-being of the nursing home residents. The nursing homes are
typically paid a per diem, or daily rate, for each resident. The less they can spend on each resident, the more money they will
make. This encourages minimum staffing, treatment, food, and medicine. The less spending nursing homes can get away with, the bigger their profits.