Hospitals' uncompensated care costs jumped to $38.3B in 2016: 3 findings

Hospitals nationwide saw uncompensated care costs increase 7.3 percent in 2016, according an American Hospital Association analysis.

Here are three findings from the report, which compiled data from the AHA's annual hospital survey.

1. The AHA found hospitals' uncompensated care costs were $35.7 billion in 2015, and grew to $38.3 billion in 2016.

2. While uncompensated care costs were roughly 7 percent higher in 2016, the figure was down 10.5 percent from 2014, when costs totaled $42.8 billion.

3. U.S. hospitals' uncompensated care costs totaled $46.4 billion in 2013, the highest cost reported during the past 26 years.

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