Physicians provide more than $5 billion in uncompensated care

The ACP released a paper today focusing on uncompensated care for the uninsured. This paper coincides with Cover the Uninsured Week taking place from May 10-16:

In 2001, for instance, the American health care system provided close to $99 billion in care to uninsured patients, $35 billion of which was uncompensated.

Hospitals provided $24 billion of that care while physicians volunteered about $5.1 billion in uncompensated care, including donated time.

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  • GG Freeman

    I’m glad to finally see some numbers. This is what I have been SCREAMING to people for a decade. In the USA, there is no such thing as “uninsured” when it comes to getting emergency or even basic care.

    Period.

    I wonder where the study is showing how much pro-bono work lawyers do for malpractice/injury cases (that win) or how much money insurance companies donate to pay for claims for individuals they don’t insure (ie, get paid for)…

    Buehler? Buehler? … yea. Approaching zero I bet.

    Wake up. Doctors and hospitals are NOT the weak link in the healthcare chain.

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