Missouri Hospitals Benefit Their Communities
Missouri’s hospitals invest in their communities in various ways. One of the most important is hospitals’ role in providing a safety net for individuals who need medical services but can’t afford their care. However, this is not the only contribution hospitals make to improve individual and community health. Hospitals invest in services and programs — often outside of the hospital — to improve lives communitywide.
The 2019 Community Investment Report quantifies the significant value Missouri’s hospitals provide for the communities they serve. In 2017, Missouri hospitals provided more than $1.4 billion in uncompensated care and exceeded $3.3 billion in total community benefit — record totals for both categories.