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Stresses to the Safety Net:  The Public Hospital Perspective

Stresses to the Safety Net: The Public Hospital Perspective

The nation’s safety net financing is fragmented; consequently, providers must knit together resources from many different funding sources to create a stream of revenue to cover the costs of providing a very broad range of services. This report describes those sources of revenue, documenting that nearly 40% of all safety net revenues are from Medicaid. The report also describes challenges that safety net hospitals and health systems are experiencing as they attempt to rebound from the economic downturn of the early 2000s.

Report (.pdf)