Caring for the Uninsured
Meeting the health care needs of our communities is the heart of our not-for-profit mission. This means directly caring for people who can't afford to pay and partnering with other community organizations' health-related programs and services that assist people in financial need.
In 2012, our network of physician organizations, hospitals and other health care providers invested $795 million to care for people who have low incomes and little or no medical insurance and to provide health care programs and services for the broader community.
The $795 million investment includes:
- the cost of providing traditional charity care to patients who can't afford to pay and who meet certain other criteria
- the unpaid costs of public programs treating Medi-Cal and indigent patients
- investments in medical research, health education and community-based public benefit programs, such as school-based clinics and prenatal care.