Caring for the vulnerable is the mission of essential hospitals. Our members provide about nine times more uncompensated care than the average U.S. hospital. They also train about three times as many residents as other acute-care hospitals and operate more than a third of all level I trauma centers nationally. In this paper, see these and other key points about essential hospitals’ critical role in our nation’s health care system, cuts to federal funding that put that role at risk, and the need for ongoing support.
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