What are the differences between a not-for-profit hospital and a for-profit hospital?

What are the differences between a not-for-profit hospital and a for-profit hospital?

There are far more similarities than there are differences.  Fundamentally, all hospitals are obligated to meet the same federal and state requirements and are held to the same quality and patient safety standards.  One obvious difference is that for-profit organizations pay taxes, which helps benefit communities.  Here is a quick comparison.