Hospitals provide significantly more uncompensated care compared to other providers due to their history, mission statements, and the higher cost associated with inpatient services. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between payer source, insurance type, and hospital care type in the provision of uncompensated care. A sample of 342 Californian hospitals, using 2010 Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development data, was tested using Pearson correlation coefficient and an independent sample t test. It was found that hospitals with more Medicare and Medicaid program patients had higher rates of uncompensated care. Hospitals with more managed care insurance patients and specialty hospitals had lower rates of uncompensated care. As hospitals seek solutions to this challenging financial situation, community benefit and financial viability has to be balanced. With these findings, hospitals can potentially make financially responsible business decisions related to payment, negotiated contracts, and types of services offered.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
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