U.S. non-profit hospitals delivered a record $41.1 billion in uncompensated care in 2011, according to the American Hospital Association’s annual survey.
The AHA uncompensated care calculations include a hospital’s bad debt and charity care. The totals did not include underpayments by Medicare and Medicaid. The uncompensated care comprised 5.9 percent of hospital expenses. Non-profit hospitals must deliver at least 5 percent of expenses to charity care to maintain their non-profit status.