Do hospitals make money on graduate medical education? Do they lose money subsidizing positions above and beyond the funding they receive for completing the training of the next generation of doctors? Are there other benefits hospitals reap from medical education training programs – and are those benefits worth the cost?

Stock PhotoThis is an important question for the many private safety-net hospitals that also are teaching hospitals.

Crain’s Detroit Business has taken a look at some of the surprisingly complex considerations that go into answering what seem like very simple questions. Go here for its report “Hospitals say they subsidize graduate medical education, but cost-benefit unknown.”