Neuroscience

Charity Care for Those in Need

NorthBay Healthcare was created nearly 60 years ago by a group of community physicians and civic leaders who understood Northern Solano County needed a locally-based, locally-managed healthcare system that would care for all, regardless of their ability to pay.

That non-profit mission continues to this day. In addition, we continue to maintain programs and services to help those with limited financial resources.

The greatest community benefit of a local non-profit healthcare system is charity care — treatment and services provided to patients who cannot afford to pay and who meet certain financial need criteria.

In 2013, for example, NorthBay’s charity care cost $14 million. That is just a fraction of the unreimbursed cost of care. Because government insurance programs for the middle class and working poor do not pay hospitals the full cost, millions more in free care is provided.

Here are the total estimated 2013 costs of NorthBay Healthcare’s treatment of those unable to pay:

Cost of services provided to the poor and underserved; 2013

Cost of charity care $14 million
Unpaid costs of public programs:  
Medi-Cal $51 million
Medicare $37 million
Total services for the poor and underserved $102 million