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Q  What is "charity care"?
A “Charity care” is the term hospitals use to describe services for which they neither received, nor expected to receive, payment because of the patient’s inability to pay. Patients whose services fall into this category do not qualify for government health insurance programs, such as Medicaid, and cannot afford to buy private health insurance coverage or to pay out-of-pocket for healthcare services. This can include people who have insurance but cannot afford the portion of their expenses they are responsible for, or who have extraordinary healthcare expenses.


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