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Incentivizing Patient Financial Assistance: How to Fix New York's Hospital Indigent Care Program

Elisabeth Ryden Benjamin, Arianne Slagle, Carrie Tracy

Summary: New York Hospitals receive more than $1 billion in government aid to treat uninsured and underinsured patients; yet there is little accountability or oversight into how these funds are used. More than two-thirds of hospitals in our study either violated the law, failed to comply with state guidelines, or created undue barriers to financial assistance for patients in debt.

Issues: Access to Health Care

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