Caring for the vulnerable is the mission of essential hospitals. Our members provide more than eight times the uncompensated care as the average U.S. hospital. They also train seven times as many residents as other acute-care hospitals and operate one-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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