Hospital Uncompensated Care Unchanged in 2017

Despite a modest increase in the uninsured rate, hospital uncompensated care in 2017 was $38.4 billion, essentially the same as it was in 2016 and down from the all-time high of $46.8 billion in 2013. This comes from an American Hospital Association survey that also found that in 2017, hospital admissions and inpatient days rose modestly hospital outpatient visits and surgeries increased emergency room visits declined the proportion of for-profit hospitals declined the number of rural hospitals fell Learn more in the Healthcare Dive article “Uncompensated care costs flat in 2017 despite uptick in uninsured.”