January 16, 2020
VHHA takes pride in annually publishing the Community Benefit report. This publication is an important opportunity to highlight the substantial community contributions, public health and safety investments, and economic impact Virginia’s local hospitals and health systems make each day. These contributions include provision of essential health services to support community well-being, extensive free and discounted care to patients without insurance, and many other programs that support health care access, critical and often under-funded health services, and promote quality of life in Virginia.
These community benefit investments include free care and financial assistance to needy people, Medicaid program losses, subsidized health services such as trauma care, behavioral health, and community programs that improve the health of people in communities across Virginia. Community benefit, as defined by the IRS, totaled $1.7 billion in 2018. With other forms of community support, including Medicare losses, taxes paid, and bad debt expenses absorbed by Virginia hospitals, the total benefit to Virginia communities in 2018 exceeded $3.3 billion.