Charitable Community Benefits
In 2009, hospitals in the metropolitan Chicago region alone provided more than $3.5 billion in charitable contributions to the communities they serve, including:
- Over $1.5 billion to subsidize government sponsored care provided to Medicare and Medicaid patients.
- Over $1 billion in free hospital care, which includes “charity care” and “bad debt.”
- Over $369.5 million on education to train tomorrow’s physicians, nurses, radiology technicians, physical therapists and a host of other highly skilled health care professionals in order to meet the region’s growing health care workforce needs.
- Over $209 million to subsidize health services in response to community need, including: trauma, emergency, neo-natal intensive care, pediatric, geriatric, burn units, substance abuse, HIV and asthma care, health screenings and immunization programs.
- Over $78 million on medical research to develop better treatments for a wide range of diseases, including: heart disease, cancer, trauma and mental illnesses.
- Over $15 million on language assistance services, including: translators, signage, forms, brochures, patient education materials and other information in languages other than English.