Minnesota Hospital Association

Policy & Advocacy

Community Benefit Activities

Minnesota hospitals are essential community partners. Not only do Minnesota hospitals provide high quality care to any patient that needs it, but the commitment of hospitals extends beyond their four walls to their communities through outreach and wellness programs and economic promotion and support.

View the fiscal year 2021 community benefit report, which reflects the most recent data available.

Community contribution highlights

In 2021, Minnesota’s hospitals provided community contributions totaling $3.4 billion, including: 

  • $655 million to patients who did not have health insurance or the means to pay for their care.
    • Uncompensated care includes charity care for patients from whom there is no expectation of payment and bad debt resulting from patients who could not or did not pay their share of the hospital bill. The widespread use of high-deductible health plans can lead to patients being unable to pay their deductibles or copayments, contributing to bad debt. 
  • $197 million in 2021 to building the state’s future economy through a variety of education, workforce, and pipeline development programs, in addition to collectively being one of the state’s largest employers.
  • $1.8 billion in government underfunding as a result of treating Medicare and Medicaid patients and receiving government reimbursements that are less than the actual cost of providing the care.