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Not-for-profit hospitals are supposed to help taxpayers by providing free or discounted care for those most in need—but that’s not happening.

The top not-for-profit hospitals by quartile performance are providing disproportionately less charity care to the public than hospitals that perform worse financially, according an analysis of 2,563 of not-for-profit hospitals published in JAMA.  

As reported by Modern Healthcare, the study found that hospitals exempt from income, property and sales taxes brought in $47.9 billion in net income in 2017. They provided charity care for the uninsured totaling $9.7 billion, and $4.5 billion for the insured who couldn’t pay their bills and deductibles without help.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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