November 9, 2022
  • The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) last week released an analysis revealing that half of U.S. hospitals spent 1.4 percent or less of their total operating expenses on charity care. The portion of spending “varied substantially” across the hospitals: 8 percent of hospitals spent 0.1 percent of their operating expenses or lower, a third of hospitals spent between 1 percent and 2 percent of their operating expenses, and 9 percent spent 7 percent or more of their expenses on financial assistance. KFF credited the substantial differences between hospitals to “differences in hospitals’ missions and business practices; the need for charity care among patients; and federal, state and local policy and regulation.” (Analysis here)