We take special pride every year in publishing our annual community benefit report. It gives us an opportunity to highlight the significant contributions that Virginia’s hospitals and health systems make to their communities beyond the essential health services they provide. This includes not only the free care they provide to individuals without insurance, but also the myriad of programs they support that improve the health and quality of life of their communities.
In 2013, the total amount of community benefit (i.e., financial assistance, Medicaid losses, subsidized health services and community programs) provided was $1.48 billion, which represents an increase of more than six percent compared to the prior year. When other forms of community support, such as Medicare losses and bad debt, are taken into account, the total benefit to communities in Virginia was more than $2.8 billion. This amount is nine percent higher than the 2012 amount.