2009 Financial Highlights
- Salaries and benefits for employees who provide our services: $4 Billion
- Cost of services provided to patients who couldn’t afford to pay for the care they received (charity care): $108 Million
- Other patient service charges for which we did not receive payment (bad debt): $329 Million
- Capital invested to build/improve facilities and to enhance patient care: $830 Million
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 those who cannot afford to pay for health care and supporting health-related programs and services that help those in financial need.
View Jose's story video transcript
With no medical insurance, Jose Duenas was worried about affording emergency surgery…until he learned about charity care.
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 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.