Financial Assistance for Those in Need
Sutter Health has a long history of giving back to the community—this includes providing free or discounted care for people who can’t afford to pay. Our commitment is reflected in our generous financial assistance policies for patients who seek care at our hospitals or medical foundations
Our Northern California network of hospitals has a financial assistance policy to help low-income patients, patients with high medical costs and uninsured patients. In addition to full and partial charity care, our hospitals provide special circumstances, catastrophic and high medical cost charity care. For more information about these programs or to apply for financial assistance, please contact any Sutter Health hospital.
How to apply for financial assistance
Sutter-affiliated medical foundations have financial assistance policies separate from the systemwide hospital policy. These policies allow for charity care, catastrophic protection and other discounts. To learn more about these programs or to apply for financial assistance, please contact any Sutter-affiliated medical foundation.
Medical Foundation contact information
Bill Collection Policy
Sutter Health’s standardized collection practices policy prohibits wage garnishments and bench warrants, prohibits property foreclosures and limits the cases in which liens can be filed.
- See if you qualify for free or discounted care at nearby hospitals by visiting the California Hospital Free and Discount Payment Programs website.
- Search for hospital charity care policies at the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development’s website.
- Find updated poverty guidelines at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website.
The new Health Care Exchange offers new options to people with low income and those who cannot afford insurance.
Covered California and Sutter Health
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