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Benefits to the Community

Services and programs provided by UC San Diego Health enhance the lives of patients and residents of the community in many ways. Our benefits to the community include providing medical care to those in need, as well as programs and services that promote health and healing in response to identified community needs.

Benefits to the Community in 2019

In fiscal year 2019 UC San Diego Health provided more than $476 million in community benefit programs and services. These include:

Uncompensated, Charity Care – $23 million

An overall measure of the care we provide for which no payment is received from patient or insurer

Government-Sponsored Care Shortfalls – $409 million

Unpaid cost of Medicare, Medi-Cal, indigent care programs, State Children’s Health Insurance Programs and other safety net programs

Education of Health Professionals – $42 million

Encompasses the costs of teaching physicians, nurses and students, as well as scholarships and funding for education

Offset of Insurance Plan Shortfalls – $1.9 million

Includes emergency and trauma services, hospital outpatient services, behavioral health services, and palliative care and hospice

Financial and In-Kind Contributions – $178,000

Financial and in-kind contributions and support to community organizations to improve the health of the community

Community Access to New Medicines and Treatments

As the only academic health system in San Diego, we enroll participants in hundreds of clinical trials for promising investigational drugs, treatments and devices each year. Every day, our physicians and scientists work together to bring breakthroughs from clinical trials to our patients’ bedsides. Our research efforts, which totaled $761 million in FY 2019, give local residents access to the latest treatments and therapies for advanced illnesses and complex health conditions.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

UC San Diego Health is deeply committed to serving the community. UC San Diego Health is required by the IRS (REG 106499-12) to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessments at least once every three (3) years. The most recent CHNA reports and an implementation strategy for 2020-22 are available below:

Contact Us

David Mier
Director of Health Community Relations