The uninsured and increasing pressures for hospitals to provide charity care
There are 45 million Americans without health insurance, with the poor and near poor being at greater risk for not having access to health care. As the numbers of uninsured and underinsured continue to rise, hospitals have been expected to provide free care to those without health insurance. This paper takes a look at the effect that the uninsured has on our society and the impact of competition in the health care industry. It also looks at why there is an expectation for hospitals to be charitable institutions, their response to the growing pressures, and their struggles to meet the economic demands to be fiscally responsible in the midst of providing free care to the uninsured. This study focuses on hospitals in New York State, in particularly, Nassau County, NY. The paper will look at the benefits that hospitals provide to the community, which are sometimes overlooked and will attempt to provide some solutions at addressing the problems of uninsured and underinsured charity care by hospitals.
0769: Health care