Wisconsin Hospitals’ Community Outreach Efforts Total $1.68 Billion
Hospitals provide $278 million in charity care; lose $900 million on Medicaid
Wisconsin hospitals provided $1.68 billion in 2014 on programs and services that benefitted the community. These activities ranged from providing free care to those unable to pay their bills, to sponsoring health improvement activities, health education, free screenings and working with partners on complex socioeconomic issues in the community.
Hospitals also reported they incurred $900 million in losses associated with caring for patients in the Medicaid program. Medicaid pays hospitals only about 65 percent of what it costs to care for this vulnerable, and often medically-complex, patient population. (Read more...)