Hopkins gives away millions in charity care. Patients just need to apply.
The indigent sick of this city and its environs
Without regard to sex, age, or color, who may require surgical or medical treatment…
shall be received into the hospital, without charge.
—Johns Hopkins, 1873
Reporting the amount of free care that hospitals give to patients has been optional for health systems—until 2010. That’s when disclosing that total will become mandatory if a hospital expects to keep its tax-exempt status. It’s just one of several issues that is putting charity care in the national spotlight.
Of course, “Hopkins was founded for care of the indigent. I don’t know if people realize that,” says Nelson Haller, one of four directors of patient financial services for Johns Hopkins Medicine. “So, financial assistance isn’t new to us. In the 40 years I’ve been here in billing, we’ve done it every year.”