Patient vs. Insurance
Academic Medical Centers & Teaching Hospitals
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, “Millions of Americans turn to teaching hospitals for specialized surgeries, life-saving care, and complex treatments. They are where medical knowledge continuously evolves and new cures and treatments are found. They are where critical community services, such as trauma and burn centers, always stand ready. They are the training ground for more than 100,000 new physicians and other health professionals each year. Teaching hospitals also are a vital part of America’s safety net, providing care to millions of the nation’s uninsured.”
The Unsung Heroes of our Health Care System
A community hospital is synonymous with a general hospital. Its primary mission generally involves meeting the primary or essential health care needs of its community. Primary healthcare usually consists of services like family practice/internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiology and sometimes services like orthopedics, urology, psychiatry and neurology. Community hospitals may offer some specialty services on a limited basis or full-time, if they have the resources. Though not always recognized for their medical advances and highlighted in the media as other larger teaching hospitals, community hospitals are just as vital. Their existence is the backbone of our healthcare system and their strategic locations offer quick access to care in times of emergency.
What is Uncompensated Care?
According to the American Hospital Association, “Uncompensated care is an overall measure of hospital care provided for which no payment was received from the patient or insurer…