Missouri hospitals' uncompensated care costs grew $80M in a year

Hospitals in Missouri are seeing their charity care and bad debt rise as more services aren't paid for, according to a community investment report from the Missouri Hospital Association. 

Including charity care and bad debt, Missouri hospitals saw their uncompensated care costs grow $80 million from 2017-18. In total, hospitals provided $1.5 billion in uncompensated care in 2018, with nearly two-thirds of the growth coming from charity care. Bad debt increased by nearly $30 million in the year span. 

The Missouri Hospital Association estimates that with other benefits like donations and unpaid costs related to treating Medicare and Medicaid patients, Missouri hospitals spent $3 billion on community investments in 2018.

Read the full report here.

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