Uncompensated Care

Contributions to low- and no-cost health services

Scripps contributes significant resources to low- and no-cost health services to populations in need. In fiscal year 2017, Scripps devoted $361 million to providing uncompensated care. Uncompensated health care includes:


Charity care

Free and discounted inpatient and outpatient care to persons who meet our organization’s financial assistance policies.


Bad debt

Unpaid costs for care that are provided to persons who do not meet the criteria for charity care, are not covered by a third-party payer or have a co-payment obligation that is not met.


Under-reimbursed care

Care that is reimbursed below cost by third-party payers.

Financial assistance

The Scripps financial assistance policy reflects our commitment to assisting low-income, uninsured patients with discounted hospital charges, charity care, billing and collection practices. Our program is provided without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, religion or national origin. Learn more about financial assistance.

Caring for those in need

Read the following stories to learn more about the steps Scripps is taking to keep the community healthy: