Financial Fact Sheets
Uncompensated Hospital Care Cost Fact Sheet, 2016 Update
In 2014, community hospitals have provided more than $42.8 billion in uncompensated care to their patients. This fact sheet provides the definition of uncompensated care and technical information on how this figure is calculated on a cost basis.
Underpayment by Medicare and Medicaid Fact Sheet, 2016 Update
Underpayment by Medicare and Medicaid to U.S. hospitals was $51 billion in 2014. Medicare reimbursed 89 cents and Medicaid reimbursed 90 cents for every dollar hospitals spent caring for these patients. This fact sheet provides the definition of underpayment and technical information on how this figure is calculated on a cost basis for Medicare and Medicaid.
Payment Cuts to Hospitals since 2010
Hospitals have faced repeated cuts to Medicare and Medicaid payment since 2010 due to both legislative and regulatory changes. This chart shows the ten year impact of these cuts on hospital payment.
Low spending growth persists through 2013
Growth in national health care spending remained well below historical averages in 2013. Lower growth in spending on hospital care contributed to this trend.
Overall Growth in Spending on Health Care Down Sharply
Analysis of data for Medicare, Medicaid and the private sector indicate that growth in spending on health care has slowed dramatically.