America’s Essential Hospitals’ annual profile of its membership finds that essential hospitals across the nation continue to provide more uncompensated care, treat more uninsured and Medicaid patients, and offer more physician residencies on average than other U.S. hospitals.
The report, Essential Data: Our Hospitals, Our Patients, updates the status of the more than 325 hospitals within the association’s membership. This year’s report — based on data collected through America’s Essential Hospitals’ 2016 Annual Member Characteristics Survey and supporting information from other sources — finds that essential hospitals:
- provided 14.4 percent of all uncompensated care nationally, or about $5.5 billion;
- treated a community of which three-quarters were uninsured or covered by Medicaid or Medicare;
- accounted for more than a third of the nation’s level I trauma centers and nearly 40 percent of burn care beds; and
- trained nearly three times as many physician residents as other U.S. teaching hospitals.
- served communities where 10.1 million people have limited access to healthy food, 25.3 million people live below the federal poverty line, 19.4 million are uninsured, and 350,000 are homeless;
Infographics and narrative stories throughout the report illustrate the findings, telling a story about the essential people and communities essential hospitals serve.