23 Aug DOES HCA HOSPITAL OFFER CHARITY CARE CURRENTLY AT ALL OF THEIR LOCATIONS? DO THEY HAVE TO CONTINUE THIS FOREVER?
Yes, HCA Healthcare hospitals provide charity care at all of their locations. In addition, HCA Healthcare led the way for the hospital industry by being the first to provide a discount to uninsured patients who do not qualify for Medicaid or charity care. HCA Healthcare has one of the most generous charity care policies in the industry, even more generous than Mission Health. HCA Healthcare provides charity care to those below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and a sliding scale discount with an out-of-pocket cap for those between 200% and 400% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Additionally, HCA Healthcare has interest free payment arrangements. To best serve patients, HCA Healthcare has experienced financial counselors available to provide estimates prior to receiving care and to answer billing questions following care. HCA Healthcare provided charity care, uninsured discounts and other uncompensated care at a cost of more than $3 billion in 2017.