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    Community Benefit Financials

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


    Community Benefit

    (Dollars in millions)



    Services for the poor and underserved

    2013

    Traditional charity care

    $ 166

    Unpaid costs of public programs:

    Medi-Cal

    522

    Other public programs for the poor and underserved

    57

    Other benefits

    41


    Total services for the poor and underserved

    786



    Benefits for the broader community

    Nonbilled services

    18

    Education and research

    72

    Cash and in-kind donations

    23

    Other community benefits

    2

    Total benefits for the broader community

    115

    Total community benefit

    $ 901


    Services for the poor and underserved includes traditional charity care which covers health care services provided to persons who meet certain criteria and cannot afford to pay, as well as the unpaid costs of public programs treating Medi-Cal and indigent beneficiaries. Costs are computed based on a relationship of costs to charges. Services for the poor and underserved also include the cost of other services provided to persons who cannot afford health care because of inadequate resources and are uninsured or underinsured, and cash donations on behalf of the poor and needy.

    Benefits for the broader community includes costs of providing the following services: health screenings and other health-related services, training health professionals, educating the community with various seminars and classes, the cost of performing medical research and the costs associated with providing free clinics and community services. Benefits for the broader community also includes contributions Sutter Health makes to community agencies to fund charitable activities.