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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 those who cannot afford to pay for health care, while also supporting health-related programs and services that help those in financial need.

Without medical insurance, Jose Duenas was worried about affording emergency
surgery. Then he learned about Sutter Health's charity care program.

In 2010, our network of physician organizations, hospitals and other health care providers invested $751 million (compared to $650 million in 2009) 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 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

Sutter Health now provides an average of more than $2.3 million in charity care per week. Our traditional charity care contribution increased to $121 million in 2010 from $105 million in 2009.

Traditional charity care covers health care services provided to patients who cannot afford to pay and who meet certain other criteria.

Community benefit financials (Link opens in a new window)