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The services and programs provided by UC San Diego Health System enhance the lives of patients and residents of our community in many ways. If you add up all of the ways we help people, the sum would be our community benefit. It involves providing medical care to those in need, as well as programs and services that promote health and healing in response to identified community needs.
Community benefits must meet at least one of these objectives:
Uncompensated Care - $40,368,000
An overall measure of the care we provide for which no payment is received from the patient or insurer.
Government Sponsored Care – $76,974,000
Unpaid cost of Medicare, Medi-Cal, indigent care programs, State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP) and other safety net programs.
Community Benefit Programs
We have highlighted below some of the community benefit practices that we provide. Health professions education encompasses teaching physicians, nurses and students, as well as scholarships and funding for education. Community health services include health education programs and clinical services within the community. Examples of subsidized health services are emergency and trauma services, hospital outpatient services, behavioral health services, and palliative care and hospice. Through financial and in-kind contributions, we offer financial and other support to community organizations to improve the health of our community.
As the only academic health system in San Diego, we enroll participants in hundreds of clinical trials of promising new investigational drugs, treatments and devices each year. Every day, our physicianscientists work together to bring breakthroughs from these clinical trials to our patients’ bedsides. Our research efforts, which totaled $559,104,000 in FY 2012, give local residents access to the latest treatments and therapies for advanced illnesses and complex health conditions.
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