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Compared to non-profit hospitals of the same size, investor-owned

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Compared to non-profit hospitals of the same size, investor-owned hospitals require less public investment in the form of tax breaks, use fewer employees, and have higher occupancy levels. It can therefore be concluded that investor-owned hospitals are a better way of delivering medical care than are non-profit hospitals.

Which one of the following, if true, most undermines the conclusion drawn above?

(A) Non-profit hospitals charge more per bed than do investor-owned hospitals.

(B) Patients in non-profit hospitals recover more quickly than don patients with comparable Illnesses in investor-owned hospitals

(C) Non-profit hospitals do more fundraising than do investor-owned hospitals.

(D) Doctors at non-profit hospitals earn higher salaries than do similarly qualified doctors at investor-owned hospitals.

(E) Non-profit hospitals receive more donations than do investor-owned hospitals.

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I feel (A) is irrelevant to argument and not a strengthener.
May I know your views?
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Compared to non-profit hospitals of the same size, investor-owned hospitals require less public investment in the form of tax breaks, use fewer employees, and have higher occupancy levels. It can therefore be concluded that investor-owned hospitals are a better way of delivering medical care than are non-profit hospitals.

Author concludes that investor-owned hospitals (IO h) are a better way of delivering medical care than are non-profit hospitals (NP h).
Why does he think so?
Because IO h:
  • They need less investment so they can use more for productivity of machines, better pay to doctors, etc.
  • They can perform same work with less employees, may be because of better automation.
  • Their wards are usually more occupied than NP h at any given time.
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Which one of the following, if true, most undermines the conclusion drawn above?

I need to undermine above conclusion.
Quote:
(A) Non-profit hospitals charge more per bed than do investor-owned hospitals.

I agree on some level that now fewer number of patients will go to NP h.
But wait: we are dealing with doubting to claim that there is a better way to treat people at IO h than NP h.
This option choice does not affect my argument since I am not concerned with if fewer people now go to
NP h, I am concerned with IO h may not deliver medical attention to patients.

adkikani , good instincts.

A is irrelevant. The issue, as you point out, is better medical care - ("a better way . . . to deliver medical care").

Your perspective is decisive. Stay with it.

I will hedge, preemptively. (I will anticipate arguments from people who disagree with you.)
Option A is 98% irrelevant, 2% strengthener (pretend for a moment)
Maybe Option A strengthens the conclusion because:
If non-profit hospitals charge more per bed, investor-owned hospitals either are or may be less expensive for patients.
And IF less expensive, then . . . then nothing.

Full stop. We cannot infer "less expensive = better care or better way to deliver medical care."
Cheaper is not necessarily better.

You expressed and captured that logic very well right here:
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This option choice does not affect my argument since I am not concerned with if fewer people now go to
NP h, I am concerned with IO h may not deliver medical attention to patients
:thumbup: :thumbup:
You identified the right issues and reasoned accurately about an option that is not obvious. +1

I have a small caution, a caution I issue to almost everyone with CR and LR.
I am not sure what some of your extra material is for. You wrote:

  • They need less investment in the form of tax breaks -
    so they can use more for productivity of machines, better pay to doctors, etc.
  • They can perform same work with less employees,
    may be because of better automation.
  • Their wards are usually more occupied than NP h at any given time.

Yellow highlight might be speculation.
On a "weaken" question, try not to speculate about reasons that the claim might be true.

On the other hand, you might be trying to anticipate how the argument is weak.
I am not sure. Just in case, whatever those extra bits are . . .

We are trying to weaken the claim, not supply the reasons why it is true.
Small matter. I just want to be sure. ;)

Nice work. Analysis of A was spot on, and the issue is a fairly subtle one. :-)
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Imo the answer should be B.

A- Strengthener
B- Perfect! If patients are getting recovered more quickly, they will go to the non profit hospitals no matter what.
C- We are not concerned with the fund raising. We need a statement that talks about the patients.
D- We don't care about doctors salaries either. We need a statement that talks about the patients.
E- We don't care about their donations either. We need a statement that talks about the patients.

Please give me a "kudos" if you liked my reasoning.

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Compared to non-profit hospitals of the same size, investor-owned hospitals require less public investment in the form of tax breaks, use fewer employees, and have higher occupancy levels. It can therefore be concluded that investor-owned hospitals are a better way of delivering medical care than are non-profit hospitals.

Which one of the following, if true, most undermines the conclusion drawn above?

(A) Non-profit hospitals charge more per bed than do investor-owned hospitals.

(B) Patients in non-profit hospitals recover more quickly than don patients with comparable Illnesses in investor-owned hospitals

(C) Non-profit hospitals do more fundraising than do investor-owned hospitals.

(D) Doctors at non-profit hospitals earn higher salaries than do similarly qualified doctors at investor-owned hospitals.

(E) Non-profit hospitals receive more donations than do investor-owned hospitals.


Clear winner is (B) for the highlighted errors in other options...
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I feel (A) is irrelevant to argument and not a strengthener.
May I know your views?

Quote:
Compared to non-profit hospitals of the same size, investor-owned hospitals require less public investment in the form of tax breaks, use fewer employees, and have higher occupancy levels. It can therefore be concluded that investor-owned hospitals are a better way of delivering medical care than are non-profit hospitals.


Author concludes that investor-owned hospitals (IO h) are a better way of delivering medical care than are non-profit hospitals (NP h).
Why does he think so?
Because IO h:
  • They need less investment so they can use more for productivity of machines, better pay to doctors, etc.
  • They can perform same work with less employees, may be because of better automation.
  • Their wards are usually more occupied than NP h at any given time.

Quote:
Which one of the following, if true, most undermines the conclusion drawn above?

I need to undermine above conclusion.

Quote:
(A) Non-profit hospitals charge more per bed than do investor-owned hospitals.


I agree on some level that now fewer number of patients will go to NP h.
But wait: we are dealing with doubting to claim that there is a better way to treat people at IO h than NP h.
This option choice does not affect my argument since I am not concerned with if fewer people now go to
NP h, I am concerned with IO h may not deliver medical attention to patients.
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