Hospitals Care for the Sickest & Most Vulnerable
Charity Care. Like churches, colleges and YMCAs, non-profit hospitals exist to support the public good. North Carolina hospitals and health systems -- even those that are for-profit -- have provided nearly $1.1 billion in charity care in 2014, which equates to $47,000 of care from each hospital every day to our state's most critically ill and vulnerable patients.*
Unreimbursed Costs. Often lacking a "medical home," people without health insurance disproportionately use the hospital Emergency Department to access care. In 2013, our nation's hospitals provided $46.4 billion in care for which they received no compensation.**
"Does she have insurance? Can she pay for her treatment? No one asks, no one cares. The goal is to save a life, and they succeed…Mission Health provides state-of-the-art care to people regardless of ability to pay...and in spite of the regulatory and compliance burdens placed on them by the state and federal government."
-- N.C. Rep. Brian Turner
Medicaid and Medicare Reimbursement. Medicaid is a critical payment source for essential medical services for vulnerable populations. In North Carolina, Medicaid provides health coverage for low-income citizens, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. About 16 of every 100 hospital patients are covered by Medicaid, and it is jointly funded by federal and state government. The state’s “share” is about one-third of the total Medicaid dollars that hospitals receive, while the federal share is the other two-thirds. NC hospitals contribute toward the state’s share of caring for the Medicaid population through an assessment program. Of the $1.65 billion in non-federal funding for hospital reimbursement in FY 2013, hospitals contributed almost $700 million, while the state provided just over $590 million.*
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* According to a 2014 report by the North Carolina Hospital Association.
** According to a 2013 report by the American Hospital Association.