According to the American Hospital Association’s (AHA’s) Annual Survey of Hospitals, hospitals in the United States provided $45.9 billion in uncompensated care in 2012, which is an 11.7 percent increase from 2011. Uncompensated care is the total of a hospital’s bad debt and the charity care the hospital provides. Uncompensated care does not include underpayment from Medicaid and Medicare. An AHA fact sheet includes more detailed information.
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