Low-Income Patient Care Shortfall
There are the unreimbursed costs of providing hospital-based care to low-income and special needs populations including:
- Payment shortfalls in Medicaid, fee-for-service, managed care plans and other stats-subsidized health care programs - $79,546,00
- Cost of services provided to charity care patients - $27,600,000
There are programs or activities that go beyond patient care, are available to the general public, and are primarily subsidized by MultiCare Health System.
These services are grouped into four categories:
- Subsidized Community & Health Services - $26,820,800
- Health Professions Education - $6,885,210
- Health Research - $961,315
- Community Outreach - $15,381,129
- Community Sponsorship - $1,215,969
Financial aid and Payment AssistanceIn addition to Charity Care benefits, MultiCare also provides no-interest payment plans, flexible payment schedules, discounted services and assistance with qualifying for state-assisted health plans. We work closely with families to find the right payment options for their situation.
If a patient does not have insurance and does not qualify for charity care, MultiCare offers a self-pay discount. This means that patients who are uninsured, but have the means to pay their health care bills, pay approximately the same amount for the same type of services as the insurance companies pay.