Community Benefit Survey & Reporting
Minnesota hospitals play a vital role in the communities they serve each and every day. The Minnesota Hospital Association quantifies the contributions that hospitals make to their communities by gathering data from hospitals and assigning a monetary value to services such as health outreach programs and specific services, education and training of medical professionals and medical research.
Across the state, hospitals’ community contributions in 2015 totaled more than $4.5 billion. The category of uncompensated care alone reached $536 million. This uncompensated care includes "charity care" for patients from whom there is no expectation of payment and "bad debt," the result of patients who could not or did not pay their share of the hospital bill. The overall cost of bad debt expense decreased in 2015 due to continued ACA implementation with more Minnesotans securing health insurance, a priority long supported by MHA. The amount of charity care increased as hospitals adjusted their charity care and financial assistance policies to accommodate individuals with lower incomes who had insurance coverage with high-deductible out-of-pocket obligations.
Read the 2016 Community Benefit Report.
Questions about community benefits may be directed to Wendy Burt, MHA vice president of public relations and communications, 651-641-1121.