Our annual profile of association membership, Essential Hospitals: Our Hospitals, Our Patients, shows essential hospitals across the nation continue to provide more uncompensated care, treat more uninsured and Medicaid patients, and train more physicians than other U.S. hospitals.
But this year’s report, based on data collected from our annual Member Characteristics Survey and other national sources, also found persistently high levels of uncompensated and charity care pushed the average margin at essential hospitals down to one-fifth that of other hospitals in 2017. This reflects financial pressure that could deepen with federal funding cuts this year.
Essential Data: Our Hospitals, Our Patients, also found that essential hospitals:
- provided 17.4 percent of all uncompensated care nationally, or about $6.7 billion;
- served communities in which 23.9 million individuals live below the poverty line, 10 million struggle with food insecurity, and three-quarters were uninsured or covered by Medicaid or Medicare;
- accounted for nearly a third of the nation’s level I trauma centers and nearly 40 percent of burn care beds; and
- trained more three times more physician residents than other U.S. teaching hospitals.
Infographics and narrative stories throughout the report illustrate the findings, telling a story about the people and communities essential hospitals serve.