New Jersey hospitals and health systems support their communities with free and discounted healthcare services, community health improvement programs, education, research, and other benefits valued at $2.75 billion. That’s according to the new report,from the New Jersey Hospital Association.
That’s a tidy sum, but the largest portion by far — $2.2 billion — comprises unpaid costs of patient care. The total breaks down as follows: $646 million in unreimbursed charity care services for the uninsured and working poor; $276.2 million in unpaid care for Medicare patients; $147 million in unpaid care for Medicaid beneficiaries; and $1.1 billion in uncollectable costs for treatment (bad debt).
Also included in the total: $73.3 million in community health improvement services; $122 million in health professions education; $351 million in other community services and programs, such as clinical research, contributions to municipalities and healthcare programs that operate at a loss and are subsidized by the hospital.