As a not-for-profit healthcare system, CHC provides a benefit to the community that is greater than the taxes we would pay if we were a private, for-profit business. Whether it is cutting edge technology at The Medical Center, physician clinics in rural areas, or free medical care at Commonwealth Health Free Clinic, our commitment to our community shines through in ways that cannot be measured by dollars alone.
Benefits to the Community-an Overview
As a not-for-profit healthcare system, CHC provided $63.3 million in total benefits to its communities during its 2013-2014 fiscal year. Part of that benefit was more than $12 million to help those with limited incomes and little or no health insurance. Additionally, we absorbed $17.2 million in Medicare shortfalls and more than $9 million in Medicaid shortfalls because hospitals are not reimbursed for the full cost of services provided. We provided more than $5 million in community health improvement through a wealth of free community health fairs, screenings and patient education classes. We also provide free healthcare to those in need through Commonwealth Health Free Clinic.
Please take a moment to read the stories of patients who have experienced our commitment to the community first-hand in the Community Benefit Report here.