St. Luke’s Health System provided nearly $654 million in unreimbursed services, charity care, capital investments, community benefits and programs to the communities it served in fiscal year 2016, according to community benefit reports filed with Ada, Canyon and Twin Falls counties.
Idaho Code 63-602D requires not-for-profit hospitals with 150 or more beds to file a community benefit report with the Board of Equalization.
St. Luke's and other not-for-profit hospitals filing reports provided care to every patient, regardless of their ability to pay. In 2016, St. Luke's incurred nearly $80 million in costs to provide care to those who were unable to or did not pay. (Note: This figure represents the cost of care; actual charges would be higher.)
The reports also show that St. Luke’s incurred an additional $325 million in unreimbursed costs caring for patients covered by federal and state government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
St. Luke’s subsidized numerous community services in 2016, reflecting the organization’s commitment to build healthier communities and improve access to care. In 2016, these services totaled $41,179,580. Some examples:
The need for new or expanded facilities due to area population growth and the continuing emergence of medical technology fueled more than $259 million in capital investment in 2016. These investments improve the access, quality, and efficiency of health care for people living in the region:
Chereen Langrill is a former communications coordinator for St. Luke’s Health System