15 Nov WisBusiness: Uncompensated care in Wisconsin up $50 million over prior fiscal year, report shows
Wisconsin hospitals provided $50 million more in uncompensated medical care during fiscal year 2020 than in the prior fiscal year, with the increase driven by more unpaid medical bills.
The Wisconsin Hospital Association’s annual Uncompensated Health Care Report shows hospitals in the state provided about $1.36 billion in uncompensated health care services during the latest fiscal year. That figure includes charity care for patients deemed unable to pay and “bad debt,” for which payment is expected but the hospital is unable to collect. A total of about 1.7 million patient visits account for these categories, the report shows.
Charity care for fiscal year 2020 totaled $620.8 million, and bad debt totaled $742.7 million. By comparison, hospitals in fiscal year 2019 provided about $1.31 billion in uncompensated care, including $630.5 million in charity care and $682.9 million in bad debt. While charity care decreased by about $9.7 million over the fiscal year, bad debt increased by about $60 million.