Community hospitals delivered $39.3 billion in uncompensated care in 2010, an increase from the previous year, according to the American Hospital Association.
The $39.3 billion is a $200 million increase, a rise of a little more than 0.5% compared with 2009, according to the AHA's Annual Survey of Hospitals released on Thursday. The $39.3 billion represents 5.8% of the $678 billion spent in 2010 by the 4,985 community hospital members of the Chicago-based AHA. That breaks down to about $7.9 million per hospital in 2010, up from $7.8 million per hospital in 2009 when 5,008 hospitals were surveyed. In 2009, uncompensated care represented 6% of the $656.2 billion spent that year.