Springfield, MO – Data released this week from the 2012 Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) Community Investment Report totals OCH’s community benefit to $4,353,707.
This total includes the sum of uncompensated care, unpaid costs of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, donations, health professional’s education and free or low-cost medical services offered to uninsured patients.
OCH is classified as a safety-net provider, with more than 80 percent of patient care going to governmental and self-insured patients. The hospital system does not receive public or private support and pays all local, state and federal taxes. In spite of this, OCH remains a major employer in the Southwest Missouri area with more than 530 full-time employees and $18,892,661 in payroll and benefits.
The 2012 Community Investment Report states Missouri and Kansas hospitals provided a $622.8 million in charity care, a 22 percent increase since 2010. Missouri and Kansas hospitals participating in this report contributed more than $9.4 billion in economic activity and support nearly 132,000 full-time equivalent jobs.
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