Minnesota's health systems contributed more than $4.3 billion to communitiesStaff writer ▼ | February 4, 2016
Minnesota's hospitals and health systems contributed more than $4.3 billion in programs and services in 2014 to benefit the health of their communities.
Public health The latest annual Community Benefit Report
Minnesota hospitals provided $402 million in proactive services.
million in education and workforce development
Minnesota hospitals provided $589 million in uncompensated care, or care provided without payment – an increase of 2.9 percent compared to 2013.
This uncompensated care includes "charity care" for patients from whom there is no expectation of payment and "bad debt," the result of patients who could not or did not pay their share of the hospital bill. The overall cost of charity care decreased in 2014 as more Minnesotans secured health insurance, a priority long supported by MHA.
The amount of bad debt increased, however, making uncompensated care a continuing concern for hospitals. The main driver of increasing bad debt is high-deductible health plan amounts owed by patients that go unpaid.
$419 million in education and workforce development, including training for doctors, nurses and other highly skilled health care professionals
$235 million in research to support the development of better medical treatments and to find cures for diseases.
$2.3 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 – an increase of 10.9 percent compared to 2013. ■