WisBusiness: Hospitals, health systems provided $1.9 billion in community benefits last year, report shows

WisBusiness: Hospitals, health systems provided $1.9 billion in community benefits last year, report shows

Hospitals and health systems in Wisconsin provided more than $1.9 billion in charity care and community benefits during 2018, most of which came from covering Medicaid funding shortfalls. 

“Community benefits are a very important aspect of what hospitals and health systems do in Wisconsin and how integral they are to their communities,” said Brian Potter, chief operating officer for the Wisconsin Hospital Association. 

According to a recent report from WHA, health care providers in the state spent about $184 million on charity care last year, while the cost of Medicaid shortfalls exceeded $1.2 billion. 

Losses on other public programs were around $40 million, and nursing home losses were more than $11 million. Meanwhile, subsidized health services cost Wisconsin hospitals and health systems over $136 million in 2018. 

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