Community Benefit and Caring for the Uninsured
Meeting the health care needs of our communities is the cornerstone of Sutter Health's not-for-profit mission. This includes directly serving people who cannot afford to pay for health care and supporting health-related programs and services that help those in financial need.
With no medical insurance, Jose Duenas was worried about affording emergency surgery…until he learned about charity care.
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In 2009, our network of physician organizations, hospitals and other health care providers invested $667 million (compared to $597 million in 2008) in health care programs, services and benefits for the poor and underserved and broader community. This includes:
- The cost of providing charity care
- The unpaid costs of participating in Medi-Cal
- Investments in medical research, health education and community-based public benefit programs, such as school-based clinics and prenatal care for patients
Sutter Health now provides more than $2 million in charity care per week. Our traditional charity care contribution in 2009 reached an all-time high of $108 million—an increase from $96 million in 2008.
Traditional charity care covers health care services provided to patients who cannot afford to pay and who meet certain other criteria.