Community Benefit Financials
Traditional charity care covers health care services provided to patients who cannot afford to pay and who meet certain other criteria.
(Dollars in millions)
Services for the poor and underserved
Traditional charity care
Unpaid costs of public programs:
Other public programs for the poor and underserved
Total services for the poor and underserved
Benefits for the broader community
Education and research
Cash and in-kind donations
Other community benefits
Total benefits for the broader community
Total community benefit
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.