A Growing Hole in the Safety Net: Physician Charity Care Declines Again

A Growing Hole in the Safety Net: Physician Charity Care Declines Again

A new report from the Center for Studying Health System Change finds that in the past decade, free or reduced-cost health care has declined across all major specialty groups, geographic regions, and in both urban and rural areas. Funded primarily by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, A Growing Hole in the Safety Net: Physician Charity Care Declines Again (4 pages, PDF) identifies the large increase in the number of uninsured, financial pressures, and changes in physician practice arrangements as chief causes behind the shift.