As illustrated by the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) 2013 statewide community benefit report, Ohio hospitals demonstrate their commitment to ensure a healthy Ohio every day. In 2011, the most recent year of data available, Ohio hospitals provided $3.12 billion in community benefit.
The $3.12 billion in community benefits is comprised of community benefit activities, charity care, and Medicaid subsidization. Ohio hospitals’ charity care totaled $988 million and includes services provided for free – uncompensated – or at a substantial discount to those unable to pay. The $1.2 billion in hospital Medicaid losses covers the difference between the amount Medicaid pays for services and the actual cost hospitals incurred.
The $1.5 billion in community activities includes medical services provided at no-cost or low-cost to patients, educational programs to improve health, research to find new cures and better medical treatments and education for new generations of physicians, nurses and other medical professionals.
The OHA Community Benefit Report was compiled in accordance with Catholic Health Association guidelines, the nationally recognized standard on community benefit reporting. Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital reimbursement and Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP) reimbursement were subtracted from the $4.5 billion combined total to equal the $3.12 billion in total net community benefit.
In addition to community benefit, Ohio hospitals provided $73 billion to Ohio’s economy and collectively provided 619,948 jobs for Ohioans directly or indirectly in 2011, according to a 2012 report from the American Hospital Association.
For more information regarding OHA’s report and to view Ohio hospitals’ individual reports, click here.