The driving mission of all hospitals and health systems, regardless of size and location, is to provide quality and compassionate care to patients and advance health in their communities, AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack states in an advertorial published today in the Wall Street Journal, noting that hospitals of all types have provided $745 billion in uncompensated care to patients since 2000.

“Going beyond the statistics, every day there are thousands of examples of hospitals, health systems and caregivers saving lives, providing care for countless injuries and illnesses, and going beyond those critical services to support the health of their communities,” he adds. “These efforts distinguish hospitals and health systems from all other sectors in health care, most of which have no commitment to serving everyone in their community and much too frequently deny or limit care.”

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