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Presbyterian Healthcare Services Provided $33 Million in Free Medical Care in 2011

Release Date:

May 21, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Presbyterian Healthcare Services announced today it provided more than $33 million in free medical care in 2011 to patients unable to afford their medical services. Presbyterian also gave an additional $56 million in medical care where the payment received was less than the cost of the service provided.

The cost of each service provides all charity and uncompensated care figures.

Presbyterian provides free financial assistance, as well as discounts on medical services to patients whose income coincides with those of the federal poverty guidelines. Additionally, Presbyterian provides a 25 percent discount on billed charges for self-pay patients who do not have health insurance.

“As a not-for-profit healthcare system, providing free care to patients who can’t afford it is at the core of our service to New Mexico,” said Jim Hinton, president and CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “It is important that the community understands this assistance is available to them.”

Presbyterian commits significant time and resources to critical services that meet unfilled community needs. Many of these activities are sponsored with the knowledge that they will not be self-supporting or financially viable. Such programs include health screenings, cancer support groups, hospice programs, free transportation, funding for homeless healthcare programs and free flu vaccines.

About Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system and its largest provider of care. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,000 respected employees and growing.

Press Contact:

Niki Allcorn
Communications Specialist
E-mail: nallcorn@phs.org 
505-923-6535

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